I’m Dr. Naina Limbekar, board certified neurologist. Ask me anything about how to develop healthy sleep habits and the relationship between health, wellness and sleep.
I am Dr. Naina Limbekar, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine within the Sleep Disorders Division, and sleep neurologist at Boston Medical Center. At the start of the pandemic, I launched the podcast Sleep On It! to link wellness with rapidly changing research from the worlds of general medicine, neurology and sleep.
A good night’s sleep is critical to our overall health and well-being, but maintaining healthy sleep habits can be difficult, especially during a pandemic, when our routines and lifestyles have significantly changed. Whether you are newly struggling because of factors surrounding COVID-19 or have routinely faced challenges with sleep, I’m here to provide effective tips and strategies to improve sleep and to answer your sleep-related questions.
How are health, wellness and sleep connected?
How can I prepare for a good night's sleep?
What are simple things I can do to get a better night’s sleep?
Can my diet/gut impact sleep?
Can my lifestyle impact sleep?
Should I nap as an adult? What is the best way to approach a nap?
I feel stuck in a bad sleep pattern/daily routine. How can I get out of it?
How do all-nighters impact memory and mental wellbeing?
I’m having trouble falling asleep. What can I do?
How many hours of sleep should I get each night?
I am sleeping 8 hours a night, but going to bed after - midnight and sleeping in late. Is this healthy?
Is sleep important for my mental health?
What is the connection between sleep and cognition?
How does sleep change with age?
What are common symptoms of sleeping disorders?
What are the most common sleeping disorders?
What is your opinion on sleep aids, like melatonin?
I completed undergrad at John Hopkins University and then went to Columbia University for a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management. After that, my interest in educating others about connections between the mind and body led me to medical school at Marshall University in West Virginia. Most recently, I completed my neurological residency training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital & Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I am currently a Sleep Neurology Attending at Boston Medical Center. I am also the Chief Medical Officer of Reviving Mind, a 360° Mental Health Support program that integrates the power of group support and health and wellness coaching.
My scholarship and expertise has appeared in publications including Bustle and CNN, and on my podcast Sleep On It!, discussing the relationship between health, wellness and sleep.
Thank you everyone for writing in – it has been a great discussion! Unfortunately, I am not able to respond to every question, but I will plan to revisit the conversation later on and answer more of your questions! In the meantime, for more information about developing healthy sleep habits and addressing sleep-related challenges, follow me on Twitter at @limbekar_naina, and listen to my podcast Sleep On It! https://www.sleeponitpodcast.com/