In the News: Sleep Hygiene

young man in bed alseep with cell phoneArianna Huffington recently wrote for TIME magazine on the importance of making sleep a priority. The number one method to optimize sleep is to put down all electronic devices before going to bed. Dr. George Brainard, a Neurologist and Circadian-Rhythm Researcher at Thomas Jefferson University, told Huffington that glaring at a device radiating blue light can act as “an alert stimulus that will frustrate your body’s ability to go to sleep later.”

Sleep patterns affect more than just the amount of energy someone has to go about the day. U.S. News and World Report’s Anna Medaris Miller recently reported on the ways sleep habits affect a person’s health.

For example, snoring is a major symptom of sleep apnea, a disorder in which the person stops breathing during the night. Dr. Karl Doghramji, Medical Director of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center said, “Years ago, we thought snoring was weird and funny, but we now know it’s a potentially negative symptom.”

Other sleep behaviors that can be symptoms of health conditions are drooling, sleepwalking, sleep talking, screaming twitching and kicking.

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