A recent study found a link between lack of deep sleep and elevated levels of a protein associated with Alzheimer’s.
Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville recently met with Dr. Michael Breus, aka “The Sleep Doctor,” about getting a proper night's rest.
“The reason I’m concerned is, I don't think I sleep very well, I have a husband who snores,” she said. “For me, it's super hard to go to sleep. Twitter's been a really, really bad thing.”
Dr. Breus suggested that she use a sleep tracker for one week. The tracker sends out radar signals that measure breathing, heart rate and the position of the body while she sleeps.
He said he would be looking at Norville's REM sleep, which is a mental restoration and deep sleep, which is a physical restoration.
After the results came in, she met with Dr. Breus, who found she did always not sleep well.
Dr. Breus has these tips for getting better sleep.
Fist, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
“The more consistently you go to sleep, and more specifically, the more consistently you wake up, the better off your quality of sleep is and the better off your quantity of sleep is,” Dr. Breus said. “So, if you wake up at 6:30 in the morning during the week, guess what? You're waking up at 6:30 on the weekend.”
Another tip was no caffeine after 2 p.m.
“Coffee actually stays in your system for up to eight hours, so by stopping at 2, we can reduce that amount of caffeine, which could be affecting your sleep,” Dr. Breus said.
Another tip was not to consume alcohol within three hours of bedtime.
“It takes the average human being roughly an hour to digest one alcoholic beverage. So, I figure if you have a couple of glasses of wine at dinner, then you stop, and you give yourself that three hours before light's out, it's out of your system and you can go on with your night,” the doctor said.
Dr. Breus saved the best tip for last — daily exercise.
“I'm not talking about running a marathon here; I’m talking about 20 minutes,” Dr. Breus said.