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Issue No. 24
How a Johns Hopkins expert...Date: April 1, 2014
Gets a good night’s sleep
I prioritize sleep, because sleep is a key element of wellness.
I’m usually in bed by 10 p.m. to make time for eight hours of sleep. Because I get plenty of rest most nights, I have a bank I can draw on for those nights when I might get less.
My room is dark and quiet, and I use a bedside fan for both white noise and temperature control. It’s well-established that people tend to sleep better when the room is a little cooler.
Caffeine late in the day tends to interfere with my sleep, so I avoid it. I’m also cautious about drinking more than an occasional glass of wine or beer, knowing that alcohol can undermine my sleep quality.
David Neubauer, M.D., is associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in the connection between sleep and health, particularly the relationship between sleep disturbances and mental health issues.