Summer means more hours of daylight and for many, it contributes to trouble falling asleep. More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders, resulting in $18 billion in cost to employers due to sleep loss issues.”The inability to get a good night’s sleep can be a complex issue, and is not as simple to cure as telling people to count sheep,” says John Wilson, MD, neurologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System. Wilson regularly works with the sleep lab to diagnose patients with chronic sleep issues.
Omar Hussain, DO, pulmonologist at Gottlieb who is board certified in sleep medicine says, “Many societal trends such as working from home or swing shift workers have economic-based lifestyles that prevent regular sleep patterns.” Obesity, which was recently declared a disease by the American Medical Association, also has a direct link to poor sleep, says Ashley Barrient, RD, who counsels patients at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care. One-third of all Americans are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Here are some healthful tips from Loyola medical experts Wilson, Hussain and Barrient on how to get a better night’s sleep.
Relax. “At least one hour before bedtime, start quieting down and relaxing. Don’t exercise or engage in vigorous acitvities,” says Wilson.
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