“Everyone experiences problems sleeping at one time or another,” says Dr. Bruno DiCosmo, WESTMED Medical Group pulmonologist and sleep specialist. “It can affect falling asleep, staying asleep and can involve daytime sleepiness that disrupts daytime activities.”
Furthermore, the consequences can go far beyond being tired the next day. People with recurrent sleep disorders may have a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease—and even be more likely to eat more and to gain weight.
What can you do if a good night’s sleep is eluding you?
Dr. DiCosmo advises to start with these four simple rules for better sleep:
- Reduce time spent in bed. Avoid any behavior there other than sleep and intimacy.
- Get up at the same time every day.
- Don’t go to bed till you feel sleepy.
- Don’t stay in bed if you are not sleeping. Do something restful and return when you’re sleepy.
If you hit some bumps in the road to dreamland, try these tactics:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
- Exercise regularly (4 to 5 hours before bed).
- Maintain a comfortable sleep environment—quiet, dark and cool.
- Decrease fluids and avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.
- Have a wind-down routine, such as a warm bath or cup of herbal tea.
Do you have a sleep disorder? Maybe a sleep study at WESTMED would help
Still not getting a good night’s sleep? You might have a sleep disorder that would benefit from medical treatment. Disorders can range from insomnia to narcolepsy to restless legs syndrome to sleep apnea. Make an appointment with your primary care doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Did you know WESTMED has two sleep centers?
WESTMED has a Sleep Center at 3030 Westchester Avenue, Purchase and at Ridge Hill in Yonkers under the direction of Dr. DiCosmo. These comprehensive sleep centers are capable of a full complement of testing.
The Sleep Centers have two beautifully appointed bedrooms at each location, providing a comfortable environment to evaluate sleep problems. All tests are read/overseen by a board-certified sleep physician.