Sleep Tips

Keep regular hours.
  Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.

Avoid caffeine.
  It will delay sleep and cause arousals during the night.

Avoid alcohol.
  It may help you go to sleep but it will disrupt your sleep. Allow 4 hours between drinking alcohol and bedtime.

Use your bedroom for sleeping.
  Avoid watching TV or using computers in the bedroom. Bright light from these may inhibit sleep.

Avoid exercise near bedtime.
  Allow at least 3 hours before going to bed.

Avoid napping during the day.
  Sleeping during the day can cause difficulty sleeping at night. If you have to take a nap, limit it to 1 hour, no later than   3pm.

Avoid looking at the clock.
  Looking at the clock while in the bed can cause anxiety. Turn the clock away from you during the night.

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
  Not too warm and not too cold. Cooler is better than warmer for sleeping.

Go to bed only when you are tired and sleepy.
  Don’t force yourself to try to sleep. This will actually make it more difficult to sleep.

If you can’t get to sleep in over 30 minutes, try reading or listening to a tape.
  It may be necessary to go to another room to do these.

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