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Week: 603.3

Guest: Dr. John Herman, sleep specialist, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas

Topic: Your bed is for sleeping

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Your bed is for sleeping...coming up...

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NEMA: Some people can get into sleep trouble by taking work, food or knitting to bed, or by watching TV. Dr. John Herman is a sleep expert at the University of Texas...he says making the bed an activity center can make it hard to fall asleep when you need to...

HERMAN: Some people have no problems whatsoever with sleep, even though they read magazines, they work on the computer, they read a book...whatever, in bed. But for the rest of the world, the bed is to be used for only two things: Sleep & Sex. And that rule should be remembered: that the bed become sacrosanct as a spot that is associated only with sleep and sex...and nothing else can happen there.

NEMA: Dr. Herman says a lot of people condition themselves to think about the bed and work...or study....and have problems getting to sleep because of all the distractions they’ve surrounded themselves with.

HERMAN: So, for the people who have trouble falling asleep, they need to remove everything possible from the bedroom that doesn’t have to do with sleep. And the second thing is to make the bedroom as conducive as possible for sleep to occur.

NEMA: In that area, quiet and dark is best...sleep tight. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.


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