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Bedtime Blues: Sleep through the night

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Can't sleep or stay asleep all through the night?
 
It turns out you're in good company. 60 million Americans can't get the z's they need.

Scientists have searched for years to know why people are chronically losing sleep. 

You are more likely to suffer from some form of insomnia if you are a woman or a senior citizen.
 
Dr. Nabil Moufarrej with The Sleep Clinic in Shreveport said when it comes to losing sleep a lot of us can't turn our brains off.

"It's a natural phenomenon for us to develop automated thought intrusion where we start getting all these thoughts coming. That's a reflection of us becoming hyper-aroused and our adrenaline is going. It's like we have taken a stimulant," said Moufarrej.

The stress of daily life can overwhelm us.

"Taking work home with you and worrying about life issues and taking them to bed with you all create problems," said Moufarrej.

He said the answer is in a series of steps.
 
You must turn off the technology and practice good sleep hygiene, as we discussed earlier in this series.
 
But also, make your bed a stress-free, sleep-only zone.

"Let's reduce our time in bed, because we need to improve our sleep efficiency. Sleep restriction is a therapy. People stay in bed for ten hours and then say, 'I can't sleep.' Well, you don't need ten hours of sleep," said Moufarrej.

What about the sad sleepers out there who wake up at 3 a.m. and can't get back to sleep? 

Dr. Geetika Dembla with LSU Health Sciences Center said try to stay in bed when this happens.
 
Then, if you can't get back to sleep within 10-15 minutes, get up.
 
"It is advisable to get out of bed and do something relaxing. Don't get up and get on Facebook or watch the news, but do anything that is soothing like reading a book or listening to some music. Then get back to bed," said Dembla.

If you are waking up in the middle of the night several times a week, you may want to see a sleep expert.
 
For information on a sleep clinic near you, click on this link.

 

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