Dr Oz: Can’t Sleep At Night?
Doctor Oz continued his discussion with Dr. Michael Breus regarding the major sleep problems people have that keep them awake at night. One of the biggest was waking up in the morning and feeling exhausted rather than well rested and ready to take on the day. Is falling asleep watching TV OK? And what can you do to get better rest each night?
What Matters More When You Sleep: Quantity or Quality?
Dr. Breus says that quality is equally as important to sleep as the quantity. He says completing an entire sleep cycle is imperative to feeling well rested and that is why we often feel worse after waking from a short nap than we did before we fell asleep because our body wasn’t allowed a full ninety minute sleep cycle.
Dr Oz: What Interrupts a Sleep Cycle?
There are many things that you might be doing to affect your sleep cycle in a negative way at night. Doctor Oz and Dr. Breus demonstrated with a model how these various things can wreak havoc on your ability to get a decent night of rest.
Caffeine – Caffeine can stay in your system for eight to 10 hours after it is consumed, which could interrupt your sleep cycle if you consumed caffeine later in the day, so it is best to avoid if you want to improve your sleep.
Alcohol – Alcohol is also a problem when trying to get decent rest. For one, it is a diuretic, which means it will awaken you to go to the bathroom, but it also dehydrates you as well, which is why you get a hangover in the morning.
Is Falling Asleep Watching TV OK?
Lights – While Dr. Michael Breus says there is nothing wrong with falling asleep with the television on, he suggests using the automatic timer to shut it off because the light and noise could interrupt your sleep at night.
Dr Oz: Pets & Room Temperature Affect Sleep
Pets – Dr. Breus has nothing against pets sleeping your bed with you, however, if they need their own space on the bed away from your space because it can cause problems and interrupt your sleep. Dr. Oz prefers that pets have their own space entirely and says he locks his out of the bedroom at night, so they can’t be up on his bed.
Temperature – Many people don’t realize that if your body gets either too cold or too hot, then it can pull you out of deep sleep to adjust and get more comfortable in order to get back to sleep again.
With all of those distractions you will never get a full sleep cycle at night and Dr. Michael Breus says you actually need 4 to 5 sleep cycles every night for the best rest possible.
Dr Oz: How To Get Better Sleep
What can you do to set yourself up for a better night’s sleep? Dr Breus had three tips.
A consistent bedtime – A consistent bedtime is one of the most important things to remember, according to Doctor Breus. It tells our body at the same time every day we are ready to get much needed rest.
Eliminate caffeine by 2 p.m. – Enjoy your morning coffee, but just don’t drink any beyond 2 p.m. in the afternoon if you want to get the best sleep at night.
No alcohol for three hours before bed – While we know there are benefits to drinking red wine, it can be enjoyed with your dinner, but not just before going to bed.
Taking these three simple actions will give you nearly instant results to a more restful night of sleep. I’ll admit I’m guilty of all three and I certainly could use more and better sleep at night. How about you? Do you feel like you get enough sleep?