Dr Oz: What Is Keeping You From a Good Night’s Sleep
Dr Oz knows that millions rely on sleep aids to fall asleep at night, but most of these sleeping problems aren’t even medical issues. There could be other, simple, things keeping you from your shut eye. Dr Michael Breus is a sleep specialist and he made a full run down of things that keep you from sleep at night.
Things in your room, like pets, snoring partners, and light, can hinder your sleep. Environmental issues have a major effect on your sleep.
Reading Before Bed Wrecks Sleep
Dr Breus’s first item on the agenda is reading before bed. We all think it’s a way to wind down and unclog a long day at the office. Actually, reading non-fiction for more than 20 minutes before bed is a bad habit to get into.
Once it’s a habit, you will have a hard time breaking the cycle and getting deep sleep. Non-fiction will work you up and stress you out about your problems. Dr Breus suggests using a soft reading light and limiting your use on e-readers. There are new studies that suggest e-reader lights could affect your circadian rhythms.
Dr Oz: Alarm Clocks Ruin Sleep
Dr Michael Breus said that having an alarm clock next to your bed will really mess up your sleep. He said the best thing to do is to turn it around or move it across the room. The first thing many will do, myself included, is do the mental math and figure out how much sleep time you have left at night. This just gets your brain excited, fills it with unneeded information, and you will yourself back to sleep.
Dr Oz: Bright Lights Before Bed Wake You Up
The next no-no on the list is bright lights before bed. This could be a brightly lit bathroom while removing your makeup, or having a lot of lights on at home. Well, you can’t take your makeup off in the dark, so Dr Breus suggests toning the Broadway lights down and using a small makeup mirror. Darkness cues the melatonin, or the Vampire Hormone, that starts sleep. Even try dimming the bedroom lights as you get ready for bed.
Sleeping In On the Weekend Wrecks Your Sleep
The last thing that Dr Breus cautions against is making up for sleep on weekends. When you sleep extra on a Saturday or Sunday, then your circadian clock gets used to sleeping late. It only takes a few days to get your internal clock off. This is called Sunday Night Insomnia. The best way to fix this is not to sleep in more than an hour on the weekends.