MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Studies show that consistent sleeping habits even on the weekend can maintain the timing of the body's internal clock and can help you fall asleep and wake up easier.
The National Sleep Foundation said nearly 40 million American men and women suffer from sleep disorders. However, sleep problems affect more women than men. New research exploring women's sleep experiences can lead to specially tailored treatments.
Shift workers: About one in five Americans work non-traditional hours (not the typical hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ). Difficulty falling asleep is a common effect as is obtaining quality sleep during the day hours. Women who work on the night shift get less sleep and more disrupted sleep. Shift workers, in general, report more sleep-related accidents and illnesses. Rotating shifts and night shifts can put a strain on the individual.
The NSF also said that shift work can increase stress, and increase the risk of getting sick. Lack of sleep from shift work may increase a chance of car accidents and on-the-job accidents. It also can lead to trouble concentrating at work and poor job performance.
According to healthy sleep medicine, some routine habits are recommended for a better sleep schedule:
- The doctors recommend maintaining a regular sleep-wake schedule:
- Have a consistent wake-time.
- Avoid caffeine and other chemicals that interfere with sleep
- Establish a calming pre-sleep routine
- Going to sleep with you’re truly tired
- Not napping close to your regular bedtime
- Exercise regularly