Five Healthy Sleep Habits for a New School Year
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Put the Gadgets Down
Recent studies show the use of tablets and mobile phones before going to bed could be affecting sleep habits, with teens being the most at risk. According to Dr. Ahmad, “More and more research is finding the displays within these devices are causing melatonin suppression, ultimately causing a dysfunction in your body’s sleep chemicals.” Somnas suggests putting down technologies with backlit displays at least two hours before bed.
Schedule Your Sleep
Studies show by going to bed at the same time each night, your body will start to organically wind down at that consecutive time, allowing you to easily fall asleep. “Consistent schedule, consistent schedule, consistent schedule,” urges Dr. Ahmad. Somnas promotes the use of a sleep schedule, especially with teens and young adults.
Cancel the Caffeine
According to recent research, Americans are starting to turn to caffeine to supplement natural energy gained by sleep at a younger age each year. “Caffeine is a stimulant that interferes with the ability to fall asleep,” says Dr. Ahmad. “Caffeine can increase the heart rate, blood pressure, hyperactivity and anxiety, all causing the inability to fall asleep.” Somnas suggests restricting the use of caffeine to the FDA suggested amount, currently 400 milligrams for healthy adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the consumption of caffeine and other stimulants by children and adolescents.
“Exercise is an important part of getting a healthy night of sleep,” stresses Dr. Ahmad. “It allows you to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and avoid tossing and turning.” Somnas suggests engaging in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes three-to-four times a week. Research has shown that patients generally suffering from insomnia were able to sleep up to an hour longer.
Write Down Your Worries
“Typically, teens and college students carry large amounts of stress, stemming from puberty and everyday adolescent pressures, to college exams and finding a proper life to school balance. One of the best ways to combat stress is to write your worries down on paper,” shares Dr. Ahmad. By writing out a list of everyday stresses that are capable of keeping you awake, teens and college students can remove those thoughts from their mind and transfer them to an ongoing list. Somnas suggests spending 10-15 minutes each night recording your thoughts to gain a sense of relief. For more information about Somnas, please contact us today.
Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, MPH, FCCP
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is a highly qualified physician, Board Certified in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He has been actively serving the community of Lee County, Florida since 2004, with a strong focus on a proactive healthcare approach. Dr. Ahmad has received advanced training from some of the most prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell University, State University of New York at Brooklyn, and the University of Mississippi. SOMNAS is a medical facility that is committed to improving and maintaining the health of patients with sleep disorders. The expert team at SOMNAS is known for their compassionate and high-quality care. They offer unparalleled treatment and care to patients on the Gulf Coast of Florida, ensuring a better and healthier life for them.
Job Title: Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine