Health Matters

Sleep, Stress And Health

Guest: Professor Maureen Grissom, Ph.D.

Sleep is key for good health, so how can you improve yours?. Dr. Maureen Grissom, faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine has some advice.

“Do you have trouble sleeping? That's to be expected. In times of stress, sleep suffers but it's important to remedy the situation. Poor sleep in the short term can cause fatigue, irritability and lack of focus. In the long term, it's been linked to health issues like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.”

“The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours a night. Here are 3 tips to help you sleep better:

  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, cool and free from electronic devices like TVs and smart phones.
  • Physical activity during the day can help you fall asleep but avoid heavy exercise close to bedtime.
  • Avoid nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and large meals for a few hours before bed.”

“Better sleep means better health.”

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