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Get a Good's Night Sleep

Not getting a good night's sleep can bring more than a worn-out feeling and sleepiness the next day. Without quality sleep, people may be prone to serious health related problems such as sleep apnea, weight gain, and heart issues. What's more, lack of quality sleep can affect the way you look. Recent studies reveal that getting a good night’s sleep can actually make us look younger.

A study conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden examined the faces of people following eight hours of sleep as well as the faces of those who had been deprived of sleep for 31 hours. Researchers found that the lack of sleep affected the appearance of facial features including the eyes, mouth and skin. Certainly, 31 hours is an excessive amount of time to be without sleep. However, even if we lack quality sleep for a full 7-8 hours a night, we may show signs of aging.

According to Dr. Vipin Garg, Medical Director of the Trinitas Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Centers in Elizabeth and Cranford, many factors contribute to getting quality sleep, and age can certainly enter into it. "As a person ages, many health issues can affect their sleep. Pain, frequent nocturnal urination, stress, and too much time spent napping during the day may inhibit proper sleep. The goal should be for any adult to get between seven and nine hours of continuous sleep. If the person has a sleep problem, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is manifested by snoring and gasping for breath, they should seek treatment since sleep apnea makes it difficult to achieve quality sleep that restores the body."

Here are a few simple tips that can help you get that better night's sleep that you need:

-- Maintain bedroom temperature between 60–67 degrees while sleeping
-- Avoid all caffeine after 12 noon
-- Make sure the bedroom is dark and quiet by turning off the reading lamp and the television
-- Keep a consistent bedtime, even on weekends
-- Reduce or avoid any daytime napping
-- Practice relaxation techniques to help you fall asleep more easily

So, tighten the lid on that jar of expensive night cream. A good night's sleep will give you the health benefits you need, and help you look younger, too!

For more information on sleep disorders, sleep studies and related topics, visit our Sleep Disorders Center web site at
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To determine if you would benefit from a sleep study, contact the Trinitas Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at 908-994-8694.


About Trinitas Sleep Disorders Center
Using the latest equipment in a warm and personalized environment, the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center's team of dedicated registered polysomnographers and registered respiratory therapists, under the direction of a physician certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, can help identify and treat a wide range of sleep-related problems and disorders. The Trinitas Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the gold standard in Sleep Medicine.

Posted: May 5, 2014

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