To cure insomnia, go to bed later!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This week I joined the Better Sleep Challenge, and I'm logging my sleep/wake cycles. It's surprising that I function so well during the day. I'm not getting any great quality of sleep. So today I see this article, and it's worth a try (notice the average age of participants--I'd better get a handle on this now:
New study: Researchers gave 79 women with insomnia (average age 72) printed material on good sleep habits or four weeks of behavioral therapy that included in-person counseling. Result: Those who received therapy significantly improved sleep by going to bed later, waking up at the same time each morning and limiting time in bed. Theory: Turning in later increases one’s natural sleep drive. If you have insomnia: Go to bed later, when sleepy, and get up at your usual time each day. Your total time in bed should equal your average amount of actual sleep plus no more than 30 minutes.
Daniel Buysse, MD, professor of psychiatry, Sleep Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Sounds easy enough, but I'll take any suggestions you have. Got any tricks for getting a good night's sleep?