Health Watch - Sleep: Good Habits

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting enough sleep. If you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, it could be because you’ve developed some bad habits.

One bad sleep habit is taking too much to bed with you. Dr. Nilesh Dave, director of the Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the bed should only be used for two things: sleep and sex. Don’t watch television, do work or use your laptop computer in bed. If you’re not tired and ready to sleep, don’t go to bed. Bad bedtime habits can lead to insomnia, which will affect your daytime alertness. That puts you at risk for accidents and can affect your work performance. Insomnia can also lead to depression, anxiety and high blood pressure, among other problems. If you have regular insomnia, consult a doctor. A sleep evaluation may find the cause and help you get some rest.

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

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January 2009

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