If you find yourself struggling to get enough sleep at night, it turns out you’re not alone. In fact, so many people have issues with sleep that Dr. Oz and sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus recently stayed up all night to tackle the most common sleep problems. Together with the help of their sleep team, they took to Twitter and the phones to help callers get the shut-eye they need. Here’s a look at what happened.
The sleep team takes to the map to analyze where in the country people are calling in with issues of losing sleep. On top of an energy deficiency, lack of sleep can lead to more serious health issues down the road, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, depression and anxiety.
Dr. Michael Breus hops on Twitter to tackle your biggest sleep issues. His biggest piece of advice? “Sleep is not an on or off switch. The reality is you need to start prepping the body for sleep the moment you wake up. You can’t just get into bed, turn off the lights and drift into slumber.”
Having trouble nodding off or staying asleep? Try these tips from Dr. Breus:
- Add chia or flax seeds to your morning smoothie or oatmeal. An omega-rich breakfast helps you start producing the sleep hormones you need at night.
- Many people wake up in the middle of the night due to body temperature. Reasearch shows that insomniacs have a warmer core body temperature than normal sleepers, so it’s important to set your bedroom thermostat to 65 degrees to help sleep through the night.
- Certain foods and beverages, including heavy or spicy meals and alcohol can cause us to wake up in the middle of the night. Set a food curfew for yourself and close the kitchen down at 7 p.m. to sleep more soundly.
- The more you take sleep aids, the less they work. Aside from causing prolonged drowsiness that can affect your day, some sleep aids only increase your total sleep time by 11 minutes. Try this technique instead: Focus on one muscle group at a time, starting at your face, and slowly stretch each one out. Relax and release the tension around each muscle group to ease yourself into sleep naturally.