Sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus reveals the dos and don'ts for a good night's sleep!
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Dr. Travis Stork: Well, it's already 2:00 am, you should be sound asleep, but what's the best position? Well, here is our favorite Sleep Guru, Dr. Michael Breus. He has tips on how to get your best nice shut eye. Dr. Michael Breus: If you are one of those that still maintain your college bedtime, whether it's studying or socializing - stop. And especially in men, new research show that going to bed before midnight actually helps reduce stiffening of the arteries. Bottom line: You need at least a consistent seven hours of sleep on a regular schedule for better health. Sleep position really matters. Don't sleep on your stomach as it will add extra pressure to your lower back. And if you can't sleep on your back because of snoring or reflex sleep on your side. And while you are sleeping on your side, try to avoid sleeping in a C shape as that will put extra pressure on you lower back and spine. And a great tip is to put a pillow between your keens; this will reduce on your lower back. And if you have neck pain you might be sleeping on too many pillows, try reducing the number of pillows and see how that feels. Bottom line: Sleep positions matters. Sleeping with your mouth open can cause tooth decay, snoring, and can be a sign of sleep apnea. There are mouth guards available to help keep your mouth closed, which will help reduce tooth decay and there are even specialty mouth guards to reduce snoring. Bottom line: Sleep with your mouth closed. If you can't, try to find something that will help.
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