Keep naps brief, though, recommended Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. “You want to try waking up during the lighter stages of sleep, within the first 15 to 20 minutes,” Dasgupta told CBS News. The goal is not to sleep long enough to reach your first REM cycle – about an hour to an hour and a half into sleep – he explained
Sleep expert Dr. Raj Dasgupta said he’s also concerned that people are taking medicines to induce drowsiness that contain other active ingredients. “It’s scary that people will take these medications for their sleeping effects,” said Dasgupta, an assistant professor with the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “They sometimes don’t realize they’re getting other medications along with the sleep aid.
Dr. Raj Dasgupta, MD, a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), clued us in as to why the winter has such an influence over our sleep cycles. The kicker is, while you may want to sleep more in the winter, it’s actually harder to achieve a consistent good night's sleep. Here’s why you can’t stop dreaming of your bed all day, every day, and what’s actually preventing you from getting the hours you really need. Keep Reading