As the hustle and bustle of everyday life takes a toll on
sleep patterns at night, there are a few telltale signs that we
should watch out for during the day to gauge whether we are getting
the right amount of sleep at night, according to Dr Kevin Fagan,
who is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist.
Sleep is crucial for our health, both mentally and physically.
Fortunately, the body has created several mechanisms for telling us
whether we are getting enough of it. Sleep is more than just
'time-out', and giving our minds and bodies time to rejuvenate
should be considered a top priority in our lives.
Dr Fagan commented in a South Town Star feature: "Certain
behaviours during the day are telltale signs of sleep deprivation.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, your
sleeplessness might be part of a sleep disorder and you should
contact your doctor about having a sleep study."
This can include daytime sleepiness; difficulty staying awake
while seated, watching TV or reading; excessive drowsiness or
falling asleep while driving; difficulty concentrating; emotional
outbursts; napping; or requiring caffeinated beverages to keep
There are several ways in which you can focus attention on the
night, starting with the bedroom. This is a room that should be
used for just for sleep. If the mind can relate to it as a place
for sleep, it is more likely to shut down quickly as a matter of
habit. In this way, the room should be sleep-centric, with
furniture purchased and positioned accordingly.
A good mattress and a comfy bed will set this off nicely, as you
will instantly relate to it as a place of rest and sleep. Keeping
the bedroom dark and quiet is also advisable, as well as noise free
In terms of personal habits, you should try to follow a regular
sleep schedule, even on weekends and holidays. Recent research has
found that getting to bed at 10 o'clock is the optimum time for a
good night's rest. Avoid large meals, fried and spicy foods before
bedtime, as well as caffeine and nicotine, which are stimulants,
and alcohol, which disturbs your sleep and can make you tired the
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes