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Inner Peace: Getting more and better sleep

1 in 3 people will experience some trouble with sleeps says clinical psychologist Dr. Alexandra Bodden. Lack of sleep can impact your motivation, makes you tired, marks it harder to focus and perform at your optimal level. She says it also effects your emotions, making you more irritable and sometime sensitive. Dr. Bodden says our body can handle one or two nights of insufficient sleep, but chronic sleep deprivation can cause even more problem.

A major culprit to our sleep problems are electronics. Dr. Bodden says they get in the way because they distract that. In addition to that the bright lights throw off our body’s natural ability to set its self up for sleep. It sets us up for a lower quantity and quality of sleep. In addition our constant state of connection makes us view sleep as a luxury not a necessity says Dr. Bodden.

Dr. Bodden explains that we need to retrain the body. “The body likes routine” she adds. Some ways to help set up a routine for optimal sleep is to make the room cool and dark. Make it as quiet as possible, if some sound is needed use a white noise machine. While exercise can help your body with sleep it needs to take place early in the day. Late night exercise can help keep you awake. Avoid eating late as well say Dr. Bodden, especially spicy foods. Don’t take in too much caffeine or alcohol as well.

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Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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