Sleep Hygiene

Do you have insomnia? Here are some simple steps to helping improve your sleep. If none of these tips help please consider getting medical attention:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Eliminate nasal congestion.
  • Make sure your sleeping environment is quiet, dark, and maintains a steady, comfortable temperature.
  • Avoid large meals right before bedtime.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise within two to three hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol or sleeping pills within four hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine or any other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid struggling to fall asleep in bed. Instead, get up and spend quiet time out of bed until sleep comes.
  • Use the bed for sleep only (no television watching or reading in bed).
  • Maintain a regular schedule for bedtime and wakening; avoid naps. Early to rise and early to be is the most effective schedule. A “night owl” schedule is poor sleep hygiene.
  • Hot bath to a cold bed increases melatonin production and improves sleep architecture.
  • A recent study showed that having a cell phone in the bedroom can disrupt sleep and reduce one’s ability to recuperate from a stressful and difficult day.