Navigation Links
Stress, Bad Bedtime Habits Cause Insomnia

For a good night's sleep, follow these expert tips

FRIDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Bad bedtime habits can keep you up at night and cause problems during the day, says the head of a Texas sleep study facility.

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, explained Dr. Sunil Mathews, medical director of the Sleep Center at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, Texas. Poor sleep hygiene can also lead to taking sleep-aid medications that could interfere with alertness the next day, he said.

A recent National Sleep Foundation poll found that 47 percent of people with sleep problems were likely to use caffeinated beverages to compensate for their daytime sleepiness, but these stimulants contribute to more difficulties sleeping.

"Insomnia can turn into a vicious cycle," he said in a news release from the medical center.

To develop good sleep hygiene, Mathews recommends the following:

  • Develop a calming bedtime routine. Relax body and mind through yoga, biofeedback and meditation, or take a cup of warm milk with nutmeg.
  • Avoid workouts within four hours of bedtime. While regular exercise relieves stress, it also raises core body temperature, which can make falling asleep more difficult.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol or sugary items within eight hours of bedtime.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, cool, quiet and comfortable.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends.
  • Use your bedroom for sleep only. Find someplace else to watch TV, plan your day or fret so that your mind associates the room only with sleep.

More information

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about insomnia.

-- Kevin McKeever

SOURCE: Baylor Medical Center, news release, July 20, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New nurses report job stress, need for better management
2. Cancer patients, spouses report similar emotional distress, U-M study finds
3. Cancer patients, spouses report similar emotional distress, U-M study finds
4. Few Employers Addressing Workplace Stress, Watson Wyatt Surveys Find
5. New Scenic Relaxation Videos Help Reduce Stress, Promote Sense of Calm and Tranquility
6. Study: Casual Video Games Demonstrate Ability to Relieve Stress, Improve Mood: Potential Clinical Significance Highlighted
7. Hunger hormone increases during stress, may have antidepressant effect
8. Aged care workers to leave industry en masse due to stress, warns University of Melbourne study
9. The Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety Re-launches Website for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
10. New mtvU & Associated Press Poll Shows How Stress, the Economy & Other Factors are Affecting College Students Mental Health
11. Mothers of children with autism have higher parental stress, psychological distress
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Stress, Bad Bedtime Habits Cause Insomnia
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... ... recently awarded their highest five-star rating to Best Buy Eyeglasses, an ... United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be a purely functional part ... fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of creating an iconic image—like ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Battle Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... abuse, joined as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table ... held in honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health ... the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs ... Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan ... require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn ... to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization ... selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR"), ... Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) expired effective ... As previously announced on May 31, 2016, ... agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced a tender ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen Matrix") the ... of collagen and mineral based medical devices for ... Bill Messer has joined the company as ... the growing portfolio of oral surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedic ... joins the Collagen Matrix executive team as an ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical ... structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: