Getting a good night's sleep

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- As parents, we all know sleep is something you can’t seem to get enough of.

Sunday is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which means we’ll lose an hour of sleep.

The amount of sleep we get varies for person to person.

“Anywhere from like 4-6 hours usually,” said Brenton Johnston.

“I would say I get about 9 hours of sleep usually,” said Amber Strelow.

“About 8 hours,” said Ron Gjersten.

Falling asleep is easy for some.

“Normally I don’t have a problem sleeping for the most part,” said Strelow.

But others say it’s a challenge.

“Falling asleep is the biggest part, staying asleep is easy,” said Johnston.

“Got 9 million things on my mind,” said Gjertsen.

Dr. Ivy Andersen who works in sleep medicine for Gundersen Health System said one of the main reasons why people have a hard time falling asleep is not giving your mind time to relax.

She said some people don’t get enough sleep, because they aren’t dedicating time for it.

“Put it in your schedule and follow it. So it’s just like scheduling appointments, it’s just this is your time dedicated to sleep,” said Anderson.

Thirty-six percent of people who responded to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America Poll said they always turn off their cell or landline phone before going to sleep.

Andersen said you should stop using media devices at least one to two hours before going to bed.

She said this gives your mind time to disconnect.

“It allows your body to start letting itself do its job as far as obtaining sleep by producing melatonin, which is the natural cycle that our brain does before sleep,” said Anderson.

Andersen said you can prepare for losing that hour of sleep from Daylight Saving Time by moving your bed time up a little bit earlier a few days before.


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