February: The worst month for sleep

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February 5, 2013, 10:57 am

(NECN) - February is the worst month for sleep.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Great British Sleep Survey of over 21,000 adults from UK, it takes an an extra 8 minutes on an average to go to sleep in February compared with March, and people spend an extra 10 minutes awake during the night, experts have claimed.

In February, one-third more people report low energy levels, with women coming off worse than men. According to experts, dark days, long nights and centrally heated homes, all conspire to reduce both the amount and quality of sleep at this time of year.

Of those who completed the survey during the month of February, 68 percent complained of low energy, compared to 39 percent who completed the survey in March.

Dr. Charles Czeisler joined "The Morning Show" to discuss why sleep is worse in the winter, and tips you can use to have a better sleep in February and other winter months.

Sleep Hygiene Practices:
- Sleep in a cool room
- Sleep in a completely dark room
- Keep your iPhone/iPads out of the bedroom and try to avoid using them before bed
- Avoid napping during the day; it can disturb the normal pattern of sleep and wakefulness.
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol too close to bedtime.
- Food can be disruptive right before sleep; stay away from large meals close to bedtime.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, avoid alcohol, caffeine and exercise before bed.

Consequences of not getting enough sleep:
lower productivity at work, slower reaction times, and the risk of drowsy driving.

Tags: health, sleep, February, the morning show, sleep hygiene, Dr. Charles Czeisler
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