Do you dream of sleeping like a baby? Fifty-one percent of YouBeauty readers report having trouble falling asleep—and those lost hours of beauty sleep really take its toll. Luckily, we held a twitter chat so you could ask our Sleep Expert, Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D. your most pressing sleep questions.
Here, we share with you some of her answers. Say goodbye to tired eyes—and read on for your best slumber yet!
A: You should avoid large meals at least three hours before bed. You can have light snacks (carbs and protein) an hour before bed. Avoid spicy, heavy or greasy foods. -Dr. Harris
A: It’s best to keep same bed/wake times daily. If it’s a real late night, occasionally sleep in an extra hour, but don't do it regularly. -Dr. Harris
A: If you wake up feeling good, then probably not. If your partner moves a lot during the night, it might impact your sleep. -Dr. Harris
A: For newborns it's normal; you're hardwired to wake up often. Sleep when the baby sleeps. If your room is next to an older baby, keep your door open but lower the baby monitor volume. You'll hear if he or she needs you. -Dr. Harris
A: You can make up a little, but not as much as you lose during the week! -Dr. Harris
Q: How does noise (positively or negatively) affect your sleep? -@Teddgeiger
A: We tend to have an ability to adapt to constant noise. For example, someone who lives near the highway tends to get used to the noise after a while. Abrupt noises, however, can disrupt sleep and cause you to have lighter, unrefreshing sleep overall.
We recommend use of a white noise machine (a quiet consistent noise that sounds like a fan) or even a fan in the room to help drown out outside noises. Earplugs are also helpful—silicone earplugs (for swimmers) are best. –Dr. Harris
A: The best time to work out is about five hours before bedtime. -Dr. Harris
A: Not ideal. If you have trouble sleeping, TV noise can awaken you. Light from the TV can also cause lighter sleep. –Dr. Harris
A: Lack of sleep leads to issues with concentration, memory, weight gain and motor issues. Long term, there’s a possible increased risk of cardiovascular disease. -Dr. Harris
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