Dr Oz: Are You Desperate For A Good Night’s Sleep?
Dr Oz and sleep expert Dr Michael Breus teamed up to overhaul sleep and avoid the Sleep Wreckers you might not have known were keeping you awake. If you have already taken the Dr Oz Sleeping Pill Quiz, you are ready to learn about the Sleep Wreckers that could be to blame for that groggy feeling.
Dr Oz: Sleep Quantity Vs Quality
Have you gotten seven hours of sleep, but woke up still feeling tired? Dr Breus said that it’s an issue of quality versus quantity. Quality is very important, alongside the amount of time you spend with your eyes closed.
Snoring partners, pets in bed with you, and other environmental factors could affect the quality of your sleep, sometimes without you realizing this.
Dr Oz Sleep Wreckers: Reading Before Bed
You may be in the habit of reading before bed, but could that be having a negative effect on your sleep patterns? Creating habits is about doing the same things every time, so if you are reading at bedtime, be sure you do it consistently and limit it to around 20 minutes.
Dr Breus also advised against reading non-fiction before going to sleep, because you could get your mind worked up. He suggested using a book light instead of a bright lamp by the bed. As for e-readers, early studies indicate that light from these tech toys could affect circadian rhythms.
Dr Oz Sleep Wreckers: Alarm Clock
Do you have an alarm clock right by the bed? That may seem convenient, but do you check the clock when you wake up in the middle of the night? That leads to mental math about how much (or how little) time you have left to rest, which can make you anxious and prevent going to sleep.
“The last thing you need is any more information in the middle of the night,” Dr Breus said.
Dr Oz Sleep Wreckers: Bright Lights in the Bathroom
Do you have a window in your bathroom? Is the space brightly lit? Those lights could be disrupting your melatonin, preventing your body from shifting into sleep mode. Dim the lights if possible to help avoid this issue.
Dr Oz Sleep Wreckers: Sleeping In Weekends
If you don’t catch all your Zs during the week, you may be someone who tries to catch up on the weekends. But Dr Breus said that sleeping late on the weekends can disrupt your sleep patterns and make Monday morning even worse. That can also keep you awake as you try to get back to the regular routine by Sunday.
For those who can’t give up sleeping in, Dr Breus said you should not sleep any more than an hour later than normal on weekends.