Sleep disorder

Caffeinated drinks such as coffee and drugs such as diet pills and decongestants stimulate some parts of the brain and can cause insomnia, or an inability to sleep.

Many antidepressants suppress REM Sleep (Rapid Eye Movement Sleep). Heavy smokers often sleep very lightly and have reduced amounts of REM sleep. They also tend to wake up after 3 or 4 hours of sleep due to nicotine withdrawal.

Many people who suffer from insomnia try to solve the problem with alcohol – the so – called night cap. While alcohol dose help people fall into light sleep, it also robs them of REM and the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep. Instead, it keeps them in the lighter stages of sleep, from which they can be awakened easily. You may not be able to control or eliminate all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, but you can create an environment and adopt habits that encourage a more restful night

  • go to bed and get up at about the same time every day, even on the weekends
  • do not eat or drink large amounts before bedtime
  • avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol in the evening
  • make your bedroom cool, dark, quiet and comfortable
  • choose a comfortable mattress and pillow
  • exercise regularly
  • start a relaxing bedtime routine (like having a soothing, relaxing bath)
  • sleep primarily at night
  • daytime naps may steal hours from night time slumber
  • go to bed when you are tired and turn out the lights; sleep in a darkened room or use a sleep mask

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