Sleep Health

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What role does sleep play in preventive healthcare?

Dr. Lauricella discusses the role sleep plays in preventive healthcare. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



Many doctors are now adding discussions about good sleep hygiene into their conversations during patients’ medical visits. Alongside healthy weight and good eating habits, having a good sleep routine is a preventive measure you can take to work toward good overall health.

When checking in with you, your physician might ask about your bedtime and waking time, as well as how well-rested you feel when you wake up, according to the Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine (HMS).

Having good sleep hygiene is imperative to a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to hypertension, weight gain, risk of depression and more, according to The National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

Making some small lifestyle adjustments often will get you back on track with good sleep habits and prevent sleep disorders and other health issues. According to NSF, some ways to improve sleep include:

  • Avoid napping
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime
  • Create a bedtime routine of quiet, non-electronic activities before bedtime
  • Don’t eat close to the time you usually go to sleep
  • Exercise, but at least three hours before bedtime
  • Get exposed to natural light during the day
  • Review your sleep environment

For more information about the role of sleep in preventive healthcare, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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