submitted by Sleep Center of Bucks County, www.sleepcenterofbuckscounty.com
For most people, falling asleep and staying asleep are parts of a natural process. Good sleepers are likely to have developed certain lifestyle and dietary habits that promote sound sleep.
These habits or behaviors, known as Sleep Hygiene, can have positive effects on sleep before, during, and after time spent in bed. These Sleep Hygiene tips may help you sleep better on a regular basis.
- Try to sleep only when you are drowsy;
- Avoid caffeine within four to six hours of bedtime;
- Avoid the use of nicotine close to bedtime or during the night;
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages within four to six hours of bedtime;
- A light snack before bedtime can help promote sound sleep;
- Avoid large meals;
- Minimize light, noise, and extremes in temperature in the bedroom.
If you suffer from sleeplessness for four to six weeks, and you have tried modifying your sleep and daytime habits, as described above, it’s time to consider seeking help from a healthcare provider or an expert in sleep disorders.