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Put These 5 Sleep-Stealing Behaviors to Rest

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• Deter drowsy driving.

Researchers have shown that drowsy drivers are nearly as hazardous as people driving under the influence. Unfortunately, about 17 percent of fatal car accidents involve sleepy driver.

Sleep better: Certainly, making it a point to nab seven to nine hours of sleep a night is a great way to drive under safer conditions. The problem is, some people don’t realize they’re driving drowsy. If you’re yawning, experiencing heavy eyelids, having trouble thinking straight, missing exits, or drifting out of your lane, it’s time to park it. By the way, it’s a myth that opening the windows or turning up the radio will keep you alert enough to drive safely. If you’re on the road and experience extreme drowsiness, find a safe parking lot area to park, and set your cellphone alarm so you can get a 20-minute power nap to fuel you for more driving.

• Sideline sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that causes heavy snoring and interrupted breathing during the sleep cycle. A 2008 Johns Hopkins University study confirmed that severe forms of sleep apena can raise the risk of stroke or heart attack by more than 45 percent.

Sleep better: See your doctor to talk about how to best manage your sleep apnea. Most doctors agree that one of the most effective ways to stop sleep apnea is to lose weight. If you’re overweight, losing 10 percent of your body can greatly keep sleep apnea in check and help you get better sleep.

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12:10PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

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3:14AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you :)

8:10AM PDT on May 5, 2012

good to know

12:30PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Thank you

6:52AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

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1:42AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

This could be me!

5:09AM PDT on May 14, 2011

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3:29AM PDT on May 13, 2011

Eating your last meal of the day at least 3 hours - preferably rather more - before going to bed can help. too. Doing some gentle breathing exercises in bed before sleep helps. Doing enough physical exercise during the day so that your body is actually tired is also important. A lazy day may be wonderful now and again as a rest but we need to tire ourselves in order to sleep well!!

9:35AM PDT on May 10, 2011

It is important to ensure adequate break time before bed - no matter what you’ve been doing prior to going to bed, you need to give your mind and body time to relax before laying down for sleep. Whether you’ve been working, studying or watching T.V, quit what you’re doing at least an hour before bedtime. A poll for the National Sleep Association found that 87% of respondents watched T.V within an hour of going to bed – at least a couple times a week. Violent shows, news reports and vivid stories stay in our heads long after we’ve watched them. Watching T.V or doing anything else that stimulates the brain before bed hinders your quality of sleep.
For some tips on what is OK before bed you can download the FREE ebook, Get To Sleep Now! http://www.instantlyfallasleep.com Its got loads of information on what to avoid and what will help. For example, instead of watching TV before bed and stimulating your brain, call your mom or talk to your children/partner. Chatting is an incredibly beneficial way to slow down your brain, relax, unwind, get your thoughts out and and fall asleep.

9:05AM PDT on May 9, 2011

Aimee Polekoff- My school district tried that suggestion (high school starting later) during my sophmore year of high school. It was a disaster. Kids didn't perform better, it completely screwed up the bus schedule- so much so that those of use coming from farther away from the school (it had a Center for the Arts program so we had kids from a few different towns but generally within 45 mins travel) missed 1st period every day for almost the entire semester until they were able to hire more drivers specifically for the high schools. Not to mention those who did after school activities or worked had far less time to do those things and still get home in time to finish homework. For some it actually increased how late we stayed up because we didn't get out until much later in the afternoon.

Back to the article, some of these are pretty useful tips. My fiance does not get enough sleep, but having to wake up at 4am is the main reason why. Not to mention I can't get him to turn off the tv or video games until 9pm and he generally doesn't fall asleep until about 10 unless he's extremely tired, makes it nearly impossible for him to get him at least 7 hrs.

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