May 18, 2023 Six Tips for Better Sleep from the Center for Sleep Disorders at Community Medical Center

Six Tips for Better Sleep from the Center for Sleep Disorders at Community Medical Center

Did you get enough sleep last night?

May is Better Sleep Month, an opportunity to learn and practice better sleep habits to improve the duration and quality of your sleep. Gerald Ferencz, MD, DABPN, FAASM, DABIM, Medical Director, Primary Stroke Center & Center for Sleep Disorders, Community Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, shared six simple tricks that can help you fall to asleep and stay asleep. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three American adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. A lack of sleep or poor quality sleep has been linked to chronic diseases and conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, depression, and heart disease. From preventing minor mistakes at work to an increased risk of injury, good sleep is important to your health. 

Dr, Ferencz's tips are: 

  1. Allow an adequate amount of time for rest, typically 7-9 hours.
  2. Have a consistent bedtime and waketime - even during the weekend!
  3. Remove electronic devices from the bedroom.
  4. Avoid large meals, alcohol, and caffeine before bedtime.
  5. Regularly exercise.
  6. Your bedroom should be quiet and dark and kept at a comfortable temperature.

If you have tried these tips and are still struggling with the quality of your sleep, the Center for Sleep Disorders may be able to help. The Center for Sleep Disorders is located on the campus of Community Medical Center in Toms River and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The center diagnoses and treats a wide array of problems that can interfere with restful, restorative sleep.

To learn more about the Center for Sleep Disorders, visit or call 732-557-2798.