In this health video you will give you good tips to get a good night's sleep.
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Raena Morgan: Dr. Hajal, what are some good tips for getting a good night sleep? You're the sleep specialist. Dr. Rizan Hajal: Right and those are tips that could work for anybody. It is not for you don't have to have a sleep disorder. For instance, you should avoid caffeine and caffeine could be in so many things that we drink and sodas and coffee. There's nothing wrong with caffeine and you can drink caffeine but you should know how it's going to affect your sleep and if you drink a cup and day and then you drink seven cups a day you should expect that is going to affect your sleep. Number two, alcohol. Alcohol is a good way of putting you to sleep but it's not a great way of putting you to sleep because you can fall asleep and then two hours later it's going to work against that. Raena Morgan: You get a rebound arousal? Dr. Rizan Hajal: Right, exactly. So what you need to do is drink alcohol with supper and let it digest from your body before you get to sleep. This would be a lot more conducive. Cigarette smoking at night is really terrible so some people who cannot fall asleep at night, they go outside, smoke a cigarette the nicotine from it will actually keep them up at night and they won't be able to nap. Raena Morgan: It's a stimulant. Dr. Rizan Hajal: Exactly. So they end up not sleeping. So, many people work all day and come home, have a large meal and go to sleep right away, which is normal reaction, but it's not really the healthiest way of having food. You could gain weight, but also having a lot of stomach problems so on is not going to be good for you. If you have a little bit of a small snack to help you start with the sleep, but remember that sleep is very, very important for your health and what we know right now, it's important for losing weight and to stay healthy you need exercise, diet and sleep. And sleep by far is the easiest thing to do. Raena Morgan: So a small snack before you go to bed is fine. Dr. Rizan Hajal: It's fine. Raena Morgan: But not a large meal because you've got to digest that while you're trying to sleep. Dr. Rizan Hajal: That's true. Raena Morgan: Thank you.