Feel tired at 9 AM? Feel ready to take on the world 12 hours later? You may be letting your sleep patterns control your life. Don’t worry (that can affect your sleep too), Dr. Linda Mintle is here to share how to control your sleep patterns…instead of the other way around.

Dr. Mintle says we often underestimate the power of sleep:

“We don’t always think about getting enough sleep or even getting the right kind of quality of sleep that we need. That can really affect our physical health; our quality of life…but also our mental health as well.”

She also says that there are three things we must avoid if we have any hope of falling asleep afterwards:

1. Exercise

She says many people will exercise later in the day, thinking it will make them tired. Dr. Mintle says it actually does the opposite, and “revs up the body”.

2. Alcohol

Dr. Mintle says many people think that because it’s a depressant, alcohol will help you fall asleep at night. She says it actually disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm and should be avoided.

3. Caffeine 

Linda also adds one to the list, noting that even though a cup of tea might not affect your getting to sleep, caffeine will always affect the quality of sleep and can stay in your body for up to 8 hours.

Dr. Mintle also reminds us to get off our phones, tablets, computers, and even TVs well before you go to bed, adding that the artificial light from screens excites the brain and keeps you from falling asleep.

You can listen to the full interview with Dr. Mintle on Faith Radio Mornings below:

Dr. Linda Mintle

Dr. Linda is a best selling author with 19 book titles to her credit, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, a national news consultant, featured writer for Beliefnet and hosts her own website. Her academic appointment at the new College of Osteopathic Medicine, Liberty University, keeps her abreast of current research in her areas of expertise. Her media experience includes seven years as the resident expert for ABC Family’s Living the Life television show and regular appearances on network television and radio. Her current assignment as a national news consultant allows her to comment on mental health issues in the news. “The Relationship Doctor.”

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