To reduce your chance of having insomnia:
- Minimize intake of caffeinated food and drinks after lunch (like coffee, tea, chocolate, cola drinks).
- Avoid eating too fast or too much. Do not eat too close to bedtime.
- Avoid drinking fluids before bedtime.
- Do not smoke.
- Exercise regularly, but not within less than three hours of bedtime.
- Use the bedroom only for sleep and sex.
- Schedule relaxing bedtime routines. Listen to quiet music or soak in warm water.
- Make sure that the bedroom is not too cold or too hot.
- Use a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed.
- Get more sunlight or ultraviolet light during the day.
- Use shades or lined drapes. Or wear an eye mask to reduce sleep disruption.
- Use earplugs, or listen to relaxing music or white noise. This helps reduce the disturbing effects of noise.
- Make sure your mattress is supportive and the bedding is comfortable.
- Avoid "clock watching" after going to bed.
- Keep bedtimes and wake-times consistent throughout the week.
- If you cannot avoid naps, keep them short.
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