The recent time change offers the opportunity to adjust sleep patterns. Neurologist Dr. Hrayr P.Attarian, states, “As people reset their clocks, they should take this opportunity to reset their sleep habits in order to avoid possible health consequences. Sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, trouble with memory and learning and a higher incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure”.
Practicing good sleep habits is important at all times, especially during the time change. Attarian recommends the following tips:
- Consistency is important. Go to bed when you are sleepy and stick to a rise time. Even on the weekends, try to go to bed at the same time as weekdays and get up at the same time in the morning.
- Set bedroom boundaries. Make sure you are not using your bedroom to watch television, surf the internet, work or eat. Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only.
- Work up a sweat. It is best to exercise at least three to four hours before going to bed. Exercise can help a person stay asleep at night.
- Set the stage. Taking a hot shower before bed can help to relax you. Try to keep a list of things that need to be done, whatever is left on the list at bedtime can wait until tomorrow.
- Put thoughts to bed. Along with a list of things that need to be done tomorrow, keep a list of things that are on your mind to avoid racing thoughts that could prevent sleep.
- Power down the brain. When it is time to get ready for bed, avoid activities that keep the mind engaged. Do something mindless in a dim lit area.
Many people have problems sleeping. If you find you are having sleep troubles, please call the Sleep Institute of New England at 603-347-8810 to set up an appointment. For more information visit our website at www.sleepne.com. We look forward to working with you to achieve a good quality night’s sleep.