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New Job? Reset Your Sleep Routine

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Mon 03/25/2019 - 09:00

Resetting your sleep routine for workSleep is essential for success at the workplace. If you have recently started a new job or started a new shift that is forcing you to wake up earlier or later than before, it’s time to adjust your sleep schedule. West Orange dentist Dr. Ivan Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions shares the following tips on how to reset your sleep routine.

Make Gradual Changes

Ease your body into a new sleep routine. If you need to wake up earlier or later, move your sleep schedule up or back in 15-minute increments. Begin to switch your sleep schedule preferably several weeks leading up to a new shift or work hours as it takes several weeks for your body to fully adjust to a new sleep routine.

Keep Naps Short

Changing and adjusting your sleep schedule may cause you to become more tired than usual during the day. If you need a nap, keep it short. Afternoon naps that last 20 minutes or less can give you a little boost of energy while sleeping much longer or too close to your normal bedtime can interfere with your body’s sleep rhythm and cause you to lose a good night’s rest.

Rely on Light

Light affects the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that triggers sleepiness. Get into the habit of opening the blinds or turning on the lights in your room as soon as you wake up. When it’s time to go to bed, turn off the lights or dim them as you prepare to go to bed to signal to your body that it’s time to go to sleep. If you work the graveyard shift (typically between midnight and 8:00 a.m.), use blackout curtains to darken your room when it’s time to sleep and use a light dimmer to gradually brighten your room as you wake up, mimicking a sunrise.

Schedule a Consultation with Our West Orange Sleep Specialist

For more tips on how to get a good night’s rest, schedule a consultation with our West Orange sleep specialist. Dr. Stein has helped countless men and women improve their sleep by treating a range of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea and insomnia. To discuss your sleep concerns with Dr. Stein, call New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions at (855) WHY-SNORE or (855) 949-7667 today.