Habits before bed can disrupt our sleep.
Habits before bed can disrupt our sleep. Contributed

Sex and sleep - that's all your bedroom is really good for

BED is for sex and sleep.

If you want a good snooze, don't use the bedroom as an office, to do your knitting or read a book.

This is the advice on World Sleep Day today from the Sleep Health Foundation to help people lacking a regular full night's sleep.

President David Hillman said research had proved recreational activities in the bedroom, other than sex, could be the real reason many people experienced poor sleep.

"Many people, older adults especially, believed that sleep problems were part of getting older," Professor Hillman said.

"This simply isn't true.

"Healthy older people sleep just as well as healthy younger people.

"It is habits before bed which can disrupt our sleep."

To help Sunshine Coast residents troubled by their night-time snooze, Genesis Sleepcare and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim have started sleep studies in a newly refurbished ward.

A Genesis Sleepcare spokesman said the studies were vital to the assessment of sleep disorders.

"Sleep studies are a vital tool in ensuring the accurate assessment of sleep disorders to achieve a better overall quality of life," the spokesman said.

"If your doctor considers that you may be suffering from a sleep health issue, you may be referred for an overnight sleep study."

The one-night test would be spent under the observation of a qualified sleep technician.

The centre will issue a sleep report to the patient's doctor.

>> 10 COMMANDMENTS OF SLEEP

  • Reserve the bed for sleep and sex. Don't use the bedroom as an office, workroom or recreation room.
  • Fix a bedtime and an awakening time.
  • If you are in the habit of taking siestas (naps), do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol ingestion four hours before bedtime and do not smoke.
  • Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods four hours before bedtime. A light snack before bed is acceptable.
  • Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
  • Use comfortable bedding.
  • Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated.
  • Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible.
     



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