Under stress? Hit the sackBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-and-sleep/MY01953
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"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
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Under stress? Hit the sack
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
When you're under stress, it's easy to let healthy habits slide. But getting a good night's sleep is especially important when the pressure's on.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
Try these tips for getting a better night's sleep:
- Stick to your routine. You may be tempted to stay up late and sleep in on the weekends and holidays. But too much variation in your sleep cycle can make it difficult to get back on track when it's time to return to your regular routine.
- Get some exercise. Physical activity is crucial for a good night's sleep. Just don't work-out too close to bedtime.
- Enjoy moderation. Indulging in a heavy meal and alcohol just before bedtime almost guarantees interrupted sleep. Too many drinks just before bedtime can also mean nighttime trips to the bathroom.
- Make time to unwind. If you're frazzled and hassled all day, it's not reasonable to think that within a few minutes of hitting the sack you'll fall asleep. Give yourself 30 minutes or so to wind down.
- Clear the room. When you're stressed out and distracted, it's hard to fall asleep. So turn off the cell phone and the laptop at least an hour before bedtime.
- Cat nap if you must nap. If you have the overwhelming need to nap, keep it to no more than 20 minutes.
If these measures don't help or you have health problems that affect your ability to get a restful night's sleep, ask your doctor for assistance.blog index