WORLD SLEEP DAY 2021 Regular Sleep, Healthy Future

Dr S Pahel Meitei
Contd from previous issue
Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible.
Reserve the bed for sleep and sex. Don't use the bed as an office, workroom or recreation room.
Healthier Sleep in Children [Aged Birth-12 Years]
Have your child go to bed at the same time every night, preferably before 9 pm.
Your child should have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
Establish a consistent, positive bedtime routine (this can include brushing teeth, songs, bedtime stories).
The bedroom should be sleep friendly– cool, dark, and quiet.
Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
Your child should avoid bright light at bedtime and during the night, and increase light exposure in the morning.
Have your child avoid heavy meals and vigorous exercise close to bedtime.
Keep all electronics, including televisions, computers, and cell phones, out of the child’s bedroom and limit the use of electronics before bedtime.
Your child should avoid caffeine, including many sodas, coffee, and teas (as well as iced tea), and chocolate.
Have your child keep a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.
Sleep medicine is a medical specialty or subspecialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders.A sleep specialist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats sleep disorders. Most sleep specialists train in pulmonary medicine, psychiatry or neurology during residency. Ideally, sleep medicine practice is a multi-disciplinary practice with prominent roles for pulmonologists, psychiatrists and neurologists with significant contributions from otolaryngologists.

The writer is MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
JNIMS, Porompat, Imphal East