Lufkin expert gives tips to solve sleepless nights

Lufkin expert gives tips to solve sleepless nights
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As adults we often tell children its past their bedtime, but according to a new study by the CDC it's time to practice what you preach. The study shows that more than one-third of Americans aren't getting the recommended amount of sleep.

However when it's time to hit the hay, many of us are too busy dealing with life to do just that

"Besides my baby I have another job and school," Tanisaiah Ligones, a waitress at Downtown Café said. "I do homework and then I try to get him into bed."

Take Codie Barlow, an office manager at Downtown café, who is a full time employee and mom. 

"I try my best to go to bed at a decent hour but by the time I get done working and get home, I have to do everything else, Barlow said. "When I get at home with the kids I start cooking and cleaning. It doesn't work out the way I want it to."

A lack of sleep can have significant effects on your health, wellbeing, attitude and outlook on life.

"You may find yourself snapping at your animals quicker or your children," Kasey Mcclelland, a registered polysomnographic technologist at CHI Saint Luke's said. "It could also encourage you to eat more than you would."

One suggestion is switching out your afternoon coffee for a nutritious apple instead.

"It gives you more energy and you can still go to sleep whenever you get ready to," Mcclelland said.

When you hit the snooze button at the right time and catch enough zs, experts said you'll be better off.

"Your body is stable, you get enough rest, your brain resets, and it's ready for the next day," Mcclelland said. "If you get that on majority of your nights you should be pretty rested, but again if you don't get enough sleep you'll see those short and long term effects of sleep deprivation."

Experts suggest starting a nightly routine. Even if you don't make it to bed at the same hour establishing a nightly routine helps.

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