Week 8: Live Event with Dr. Teschler

It’s Week 8 of the initiative! This week, sign-up to see Dr. Teschler’s live talk!

Did you know that for every night you track your sleep, SleepScore donates to Sleeping Children Around the World – a non-profit that provides bedkits to children in need. Each bedkit includes a mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net, clothing towel, and school supplies. The bedkits are assembled in the countries where they are distributed, in order to eliminate shipping costs and stimulate the local economy.
Together, we can all help the world sleep better!

Here are the answers to last week’s quiz!
Question 1: To help get a good night’s sleep, which behavior should you avoid?
Answer: Expose yourself to bright light before bed
Question 2: True/ False: It’s best for your sleep to go to bed at the same time on weekends as during the week.
Answer: True
Question 3: Progressive muscle relaxation is a relaxation technique for sleep that is approximately ____ years old.
Answer: 100
Have sleep questions?

Want to ask your own question about sleep? You can write it here anonymously. During the upcoming weeks of the program, look out for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Your questions, answered!
Q: What activities should be avoided before going to sleep at night?
A: Here is a top 5 list:
  • Heavy meals
  • Drinking more than 2 units of alcohol or any caffeine at night
  • Bright light exposure (including computer screens)
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Activities that might cause stress or might trigger recurring thoughts
Q: How can painkillers affect sleep?
A: Pain can be a real sleep disruptor and taking pain killers can be an effective method to improve sleep when pain is keeping you awake. Some painkillers contain caffeine, and we know that is not good for sleep. It also has been shown that some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can disrupt sleep and might cause more frequent and longer awakenings.
Q: What are the effects when sleep phases are too short (light, deep, REM)?
A: The body and brain normally compensate for a lack of a certain stage in the next night. Light sleep is considered baseline sleep, and there is no clear picture if you can lack light sleep. If you lack deep sleep, you don’t feel well-rested the next day, mostly physically but also cognitively. If you’re short on REM sleep, it might take you a bit longer to solve some issues; you tend to be less creative and your emotional response and judgements might be a bit impaired.

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