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Bedtime Blues: Sleeping routine

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Do you find yourself nodding off during the day?

How you feel during your waking hours hinges greatly on how well you sleep. The cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine.

Are you so glued to your smart phone that you can't put it down at night?

If you have these symptoms, the chances are you could use a good lesson in sleep hygiene.
 
This doesn't mean you're a dirty person and need to clean your teeth. It's more about cleaning up the things that are keeping you up at night.

Dr. Nabil Moufarrej with The Sleep Clinic said if you want a good night's rest you have to set the mood. 

"The biggest cause of insomnia is that we try to juggle a lot of activities and we are pushing into the time we ought to be asleep," said Moufarrej. 

Our bedrooms have become entertainment centers instead of calm places to sleep. 

"We take our smartphone and our iPads and whatever it is to bed. We sit in bed watching TV. We read long hours in bed. We sit and we talk in the phone in bed, because we want to rest," said Moufarrej.
 
This is the last thing that will help us do so.

"That causes you to stop understanding that the bed is a sleep environment. It becomes a movie theatre or a library, said Moufarrej.

Your environment needs to be tiring even boring for you to fall asleep. 

Dr. David McCarty with LSU Health Sciences Center said electronics can actually trick your brain into thinking it's day time.

"All of those light photons going into the eyes after the sun goes down, those are huge signals to the brain that it's still day time," said Dr. McCarty. "They end up waking up with their alarm in the morning, but they can't get started. they still feel sleepy. Why? Because the brain is saying this is the time I should still be in hibernation".

It's also important to keep a regular bedtime.
 
Don't stay in bed for longer than you need to stay in bed.
 
Most of us need about eight hours of sleep, so if you wake up at 8 a.m. don't get into bed before you need to the night before.

 

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