Enhancing Sleep Health in the Digital Age: Insights from Dr. Samson Khachatryan, Neurology and Sleep Expert
Today, we're thrilled to bring you a special interview with Dr. Samson Khachatryan, a renowned neurologist and sleep clinician, known for his work in sleep medicine. As the Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the National Institute of Health and leading the Center for Sleep Disorders of the Somnus Neurology Clinic, Dr. Khachatryan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our conversation. His extensive training from prestigious institutions like the Cleveland Clinic and New York-Cornell Medical Center, coupled with his role as a Neurology Consultant to the Armenian Ministry of Health, positions him as a leading authority in the field of sleep health.
In this exclusive interview, we delve into the crucial role of sleep in our lives, the impact of technology on our sleep patterns, and how we can harness technology smartly to enhance our sleep quality. Dr. Khachatryan, with his deep expertise and practical insights, will shed light on these topics, helping us understand how to achieve better sleep in our fast-paced, digital world. Let's find out how small changes, like using NYTSTND's innovative wireless chargers, can make a big difference in our daily lives.
Hi Dr. Khachatryan, it's great to have you here! Let's start with the basics. Why is sleep so important for us?
Thanks for having me! Sleep is crucial because it's our body's way of recharging. It affects everything from mental clarity to heart health. In my years of practice, I've seen how lack of sleep can affect mood, productivity, and overall health.
With our constant use of gadgets, how does technology affect our sleep?
Technology, especially smartphones, can be quite disruptive. The blue light interferes with our sleep cycle, and the content we consume can keep our minds too active for rest. I've often found myself caught in this trap too!
What are the risks of using smartphones before bed?
Using your phone before sleep can disrupt your sleep cycle, reduce deep sleep quality, and cause you to wake up frequently. It's like trying to sleep in a busy environment – not ideal for rest.
Do you have any tips for reducing screen time before sleep?
Yes, setting a digital curfew is key. Engage in calming activities like reading or meditation to signal your body it's time to sleep. Actions, which are dedicated to prepare for sleep, like a usual bedtime routine per se could be a good starting point if made regularly. A product like NYTSTND could be easily added to this routine further strengthening the connection of bedtime to the sleep process.
What makes a bedroom ideal for sleep?
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for sleep – cool, dark, and gadget-free. Comfortable bedding is also important. Overall, the bedroom and especially the bed should be a place for sleeping and sexual activity. It is not intended to be a place for reading, drinking, watching TV, etc. Controlling for this is an integral part of good sleep hygiene practice, helping to improve sleep habits and sleep quality.
How do NYTSTND's products, like their wireless chargers, help in this regard?
NYTSTND's chargers are smartly designed to discourage phone use in bed. The horizontal charging makes it less tempting to pick up your phone. They're a simple, yet effective tool in improving sleep hygiene.
When should one consider seeking professional help for sleep issues?
If you've tried changing your habits and environment but still struggle with sleep, it's time to consult a specialist. Persistent sleep issues like insomnia or daytime fatigue shouldn't be ignored. Seeking help is a sign of taking control of your health.
Finally, how do you see the role of products like NYTSTND's chargers in a holistic approach to better sleep?
Using products like NYTSTND's chargers is a proactive step towards better sleep. They're part of a larger strategy that includes good sleep practices and sometimes professional advice. It’s about creating a balanced ecosystem for sleep, where technology supports our natural sleep patterns.
Dr. Khachatryan's insights remind us that while technology is an integral part of our lives, we must use it wisely to enhance our well-being. Incorporating products like NYTSTND's wireless chargers into our nightly routine can be a significant step toward healthier sleep habits in our increasingly digital world.