A good night’s sleep isn’t just about how many hours of sleep one achieves, but also how you feel when you wake up. Both sleep quality and quantity can impact how you feel when you wake up.
Get to know Dr. Han in this video.
Dr. Yujean Han, a new sleep provider at The Polyclinic, encourages her patients to focus on both.
It can be easier to measure sleep quantity than sleep quality because we can look at a clock or use a fitness device. Sleep quality can be more of a challenge.
What are signs that you may not be maxing out your shuteye?
- You wake up numerous times in the night.
- You have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
- You awaken with morning headaches.
Working with a sleep medicine specialist can help you have higher sleep quality. “A lot of times when people think of sleep medicine, they instantly think of insomnia or sleep apnea,” said Dr. Han. “It’s more than that – there is a vast number of sleep disorders to consider.”
Dr. Han works with patients to diagnose sleep disorders. At times, many people don’t realize the impact daily habits have on overall sleep quality. For example, some patients don’t realize that caffeine has a half-life of up to six hours for some people. A late afternoon cup of or coffee could affect your sleep later that evening.
“We have to listen on both sides to learn from each other in order to get to a patient’s goal in regards to sleep,” said Dr. Han. “When sleep quality improves, work is better, relationships are better and quality of life has improved – that’s the most gratifying part of it.”
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Han, call 206-860-4545.