Tips for good sleep as we approach daylight-saving time
Daylight-Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 and board-certified sleep physician, Anthony Masi, M.D., with the Sleep Center Institute at St. Mary’s Health Center, offers the following tips for getting a good night’s sleep. He also offers questions to determine if you have a bigger sleep issue that requires medical diagnosis and treatment.
Good sleep tips:
Don't eat a heavy meal before bedtime
Don't drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol before bedtime
Don't nap during the day, or at least keep it brief -- 10 to 15 minutes
Stop working on any task an hour before bedtime to calm down
Don't discuss emotional issues at bedtime
Make sure your sleep environment is comfortable
Don't turn lights on at night - use a small night-light instead
Don’t fall asleep with the television still on
Set a regular bedtime and wake up at the same time every day
Fight after–dinner drowsiness by doing something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep too early
Some questions to ask your doctor if you think you might have a sleep disorder:
If I snore, does that mean I definitely have a sleep disorder?
Is dry mouth a symptom of a sleep disorder?
How can I tell if I have insomnia?
Should I be concerned if I have trouble falling to sleep at night, lying awake for up to an hour before falling asleep?
How do I know if my mattress or another environmental factor is causing my sleep problems?
I am always tired despite adequate sleep time. Can this be a sign of sleep apnea?