Sleep Hygiene; Sleep Disorders; Insomnia

You can train your body to do good things and you can train it to do bad things. There are good habits, and there are bad. Sleep habits are sometimes called sleep hygiene.

The very first thing you do, is start with the kids, and train them to not to watch television in bed. When it’s bed time it’s bed time. The cellphone was one of the worst inventions ever. That’s guaranteed to make our kids stupider and sicker. The cellphone has to be taken out of the bedroom and turned off.

Every time that little beep goes off, it awakens the child. It deprives them of their sleep. They will not perform well. They will not think well and they tend to develop other emotional issues. The cellphones must be taken out of the bedroom.

Nightlights have to go because the body reacts to light with certain hormonal changes. The light must go out. We must train ourselves to be like chickens and roosters. You never read in bed, you don’t watch the tube in bed, and you certainly don’t keep your cellphones in bed.

The body soon learns that when you lie down, out go the lights. When it’s bed time, and there should be a time for bed, which may be 9:00, might be 9:30, might 10:00, might be 8:00. Whatever it takes to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep.

You still need the same 8 1/2 to 10 1/2 hours as you age. The difference is that as we get sicker, the norm changes, and the goal post changes not so much because of what we need but because of who we become.

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David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.