Health Watch - Resolutions: Sleep

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some common New Year’s resolutions for your health and how to stick to them. You may be resolving to get more done or to make the most of your days, but maybe you should also consider resolving to get enough sleep.

Dr. Nilesh Dave, director of the Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says good bedtime habits are key to avoiding insomnia. Go to bed when you’re tired, and only use your bed for sleep and sex. Don’t bring work to bed or use your laptop computer or watch television while in bed. When insomnia makes you stay awake at night, it can lead to daytime drowsiness and other health problems. If a relaxing bedtime routine and keeping distractions out of the bedroom doesn’t help, you may want to consult a sleep specialist. 

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/sleep to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in sleep.

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January 2009

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