Posts Tagged ‘sleep hygeine’

insHealthDay (7/24, McKeever) reported that “the head of a Texas sleep study facility” is saying that “stress, worry, caffeine, alcohol, and watching TV in bed — factors known as ‘poor sleep hygiene’ — are the major reasons why people can’t shut down their bodies when it’s time for sleep.” Such habits, explained Dr. Sunil Mathews, of Baylor Medical Center, “can also lead to taking sleep-aid medications that could interfere with alertness the next day.” This “can turn into a vicious cycle.” Dr. Mathews offered several recommendations that can help people “develop good sleep hygiene.” He said that people should not exercise “within four hours of bedtime,” and should “avoid caffeine, alcohol or sugary items within eight hours.” It is also important to “maintain a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends,” among other things.

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