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    Healthy Sleep Habits

    Healthy Sleep Habits

    Good sleep habits can improve our ability to both fall asleep and stay asleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (sleepeducation.org February 9, 2017) provides the following “Quick Sleep Tips” to establish healthy sleep habits.

    • Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends or during vacations.
    • Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
    • Don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy.
    • If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed.
    • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.
    • Use your bed only for sleep and sex.
    • Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature.
    • Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings.
    • Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
    • Don’t eat a large meal before bedtime. If you are hungry at night, eat a light, healthy snack.
    • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
    • Avoid consuming caffeine in the late afternoon or evening.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime.
    • Reduce your fluid intake before bedtime.