Sleep In

Don’t forget to set your alarms back one hour this weekend. If you don’t, it’s okay to hit the snooze button and sleep in. With all the problems that can occur in sleep, sleeping in is appreciated by the overwhelming majority. 🙂 Have a great weekend.
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Winter and Sleep

Question for this evening:

Q: Why do I feel depressed, gain weight, and generally feel blah in the winter?

A: You may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) also known as winter depression. This is related to the lack of sunlight in the morning. Sunlight causes the retina in our eyes to shut off melatonin in the brain. Melatonin as you may have heard is used as a natural sleep aid resulting in drowsiness. The required light must be at least 2,500 to 10,000 lux which is very bright. This is much brighter than the usual environmental light in our homes. Units are commercially available but must be used at least 30 minutes per day.

Alcohol and Sleep

Question for this evening:

Q: I have a couple drinks before bed to help me sleep. Is this wrong?

A: Alcohol definitely aids in falling asleep. However once asleep the quality of sleep is definitely effected. The deep stage of sleep that we need to rejuvenate is suppressed by the alcohol, and this leads to qualitative sleep deprivation even if the total hours of sleep are adequate. If you need a “sleep aid” the reason may be easily diagnosed and treated leading to a dramatic improvement in your quality of sleep.

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Saint Peters, MO 63376




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