Have varicose veins? Try sleeping more

Varicose veins on the womans legs close upIt’s a bit alarming the first time you discover varicose veins on your body. You might be drying off from a dip in the pool or just putting on shorts for the first time of the summer. In both cases, what you can be frightening at first. While most cases of varicose veins are simple cosmetic issues, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about anything you’re concerned about.

One way to reduce the risk of developing varicose veins is actually a simple one, and it’s probably something you’re already doing, but just not enough. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a wide variety of medical issues, including vascular-related health concerns. You can change your sleeping habits and lower your risk for early onset of varicose veins. Take a look at these tips for ensuring a good night’s sleep.

  1. Stick to a regular schedule. Routine is so important, and you can use those routines to reset your biorhythms. Instead of thinking in terms of a workweek/weekend schedule, envision your sleep time as a consistent routine. Schedule your bedtime around the same time every day. Changing your sleep schedule confuses your body clock, which may result in sleepless nights.
  2. Cool your bedroom. You sleep best when the room temperature is on the low side, and an ideal range is around 68°F. If you’re prone to overheating while in bed, or suffer from hormone-induced hot flashes, opt for lighter bedding.
  3. Electronic devices can disrupt sleep. Your body’s internal clock is very sensitive to lighting levels, and these can affect your circadian rhythms. That’s why it’s important to turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed, as gazing at those brightly lit screens throws your biorhythms off kilter.
  4. Exercise several hours before bedtime: While regular exercise helps reduce episodes of insomnia, too much too close to bedtime may keep you awake. A general rule of thumb: Finish your workout at least four hours before bedtime.
  5. Seek therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy is one way to combat negative sleep-related thoughts. Other alternative therapies include acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga, and deep breathing.