We spend a third of our life in sleep, yet most people don’t realize how important sleep is and how to get a better night’s rest.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of a board-certified sleep specialist, neurologists, neuro-rehabilitation specialist, lifestyle medicine specialist, research physicians and counselors.
Common Sleep Misconceptions
Sleep follows a Circadian Rhythm – or a 24-hour cycle – that is controlled by our biological clock. Our sleep patterns happen in 90-minute cycles and in different stages – 80% is Non-Rapid Eye Movement Sleep (NREM Sleep) and 20% is Rapid Eye Movement Sleep (REM Sleep). The Circadian Rhythm is why we are sleepy at certain times of the day and more energized during other parts of the day.
What is sleep and why is it important?
Fact: Snoring is a sign of a narrow airway
Fact: According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep
Fact: Noise and white light from the TV delays sleep onset
Fact: Spending time in bed without sleeping decreases your brain and bed sleep association
Fact: Hours of sleep tend to be longer than what we perceive it to be – this is called sleep state misperception
Fact: Forcing yourself to sleep at a particular hour may further worsen your sleep issue
Fact: Alcohol decreases your total sleep duration in the short term and is detrimental to your sleep in the long-term
Why do we Sleep?
Dr. Sriharsha Vajjala shared that there has been extensive and emerging research that suggests sleep disturbance is linked to an increase in abnormal protein build up in the brain which can lead to Alzheimer’s Dementia.
He also noted that sleep apnea has also been linked to memory loss and Dementia. Dr. Sriharsha Vajjala defines sleep apnea as a breathing disorder of sleep and advises that you should talk to your doctor if you or your loved one is experiencing snoring, snorting, breathing pauses, insomnia (unable to stay asleep), and or daytime sleepiness, fatigue, or tiredness.
What can we do if we have these symptoms?
2. Avoid napping during the day
3. Avoid alcohol 4-6 hours before bedtime
4. Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime
5. Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4-6 hours before bedtime
6. Exercise regularly, but not right before bed
7. Use comfortable bedding.
9. Block out all distracting noise
10. Reserve the bed for only sleep and sex
11. Try a light snack before bed
12. Practice relaxation techniques before bed
13. Don’t take your worries to bed
14. Establish a pre-sleep ritual
15. Get into your favorite sleeping position
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