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A Weekly Medical Minute: Sleep

Sleep is restorative and rejuvenating. People require on average 6-8 hours of sleep per night.  Poor sleep contributes to many health challenges both physical and mental.

To facilitate good sleep hygiene:

-Sleep on the same schedule nightly, including weekends and holidays. Our bodies like order and schedule.

-Sleep in a cool room.

-Avoid caffeine in the afternoon.

-Exercise.

-Avoid the use of blue light producing products such as on cell phones and computers. Some products come with a “Night Mode.”

If you have poor sleep and are following the above:

-See your physician.

-You may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea and require a sleep study.

-You may require a sleep medication to help regulate your sleep.

Remember, a good night’s sleep allows a person to have a productive day. Pleasant Dreams!

David H. Glazer, MD is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine and is currently the medical director of the Veterans Administration Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at the Central Virginia VA Medical Center. He is an assistant professor of PM&R at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Medicine. In addition, he is the founder of www.BrainInjuryAnswers.com and host of the Brain Injury Answers Podcast.

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