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Advice for better sleep

By Anonymous December 19, 2012 - 2:56pm
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Hi I'm looking for advice on how to get a better nights sleep.

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Hello Anonymous,
These sleep tips may help you sleep better:
Follow a sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up a the same time every day. Consistency reinforces your body's sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.

If you do not fall asleep within about 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing. Go back to bed when you are tired.

Don't go to bed either hungry or feeling stuffed. Limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive trips to the toilet.

Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol within the hours before going to sleep. The stimulating effects take hours to wear off and negatively impact your quality of sleep.

Create a bedtime ritual that tell your body it is time to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath, reading a book or listening to soothing music with the lights dimmed. Avoid using the TV as part of your bedtime ritual. Screen time, such as computer use, before bedtime interferes with sleep.

A comfortable mattress and pillow as well as a dark, quiet and the right temperature of the room contribute to better sleep.

Limit daytime naps to no more than 30 minutes. Regular physical activity and managing stress promote better sleep.

Sweet dreams,

December 19, 2012 - 5:57pm
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