10 Tips for Better Sleep
If you are having trouble sleeping, try to follow these healthy tips:
Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends.
Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.
Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. It is best to take work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment.
Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime.
Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake.
Avoid nicotine (e.g. cigarettes, tobacco products). Used close to bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep.
Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. It can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night.
For more sleep tips, visit the National Sleep Foundation at www.sleepfoundation.org.