While we’re on the subject of sleep, let’s take a moment to look at things that may affect our sleeping patterns. For sure, one’s work schedule has something to do with it – tell me about it! I told you how 10 hours of sleep is what find optimal in the last post. Well, lately, some changes in my partner’s work schedule have thrown me off track. I have been getting 10 hours of sleep but it seems that I still am not getting enough – I just keep falling asleep throughout the day!
Anyhow, did you know that smoking an affect our sleeping patterns too? According to a study conducted at the Johns Hopkins University, it does!
Here’s another good reason to put away those cigarettes – a new study shows that smoking can lead to unhealthy sleep patterns, making you feel groggier the next day. Scientists have long speculated that smokers have poorer sleep quality than nonsmokers because of conditions associated with the habit, such as sleep apnea and lung disease. Now, research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine led by Dr. Naresh M. Punjabi, shows that smoking might be the culprit for decreased sleep quality.
Aha! I know I have been smoking a lot lately as well. I know I shouldn’t but it is hard not to. I have a whole range of excuses for that. So maybe that is why I still feel groggy in the morning. Maybe that is why I cannot seem to be full of energy despite a long night’s sleep. What about you? Do you smoke? Do you experience this as well?
Originally posted on March 11, 2008 @ 1:04 pm