Getting enough sleep is important for physical and emotional health. If
you are having difficulty sleeping, don't read, eat, or watch TV in bed. In
addition, try these tips:
Decrease the amount of light in your sleeping
area. Close the curtains and turn off the lights.
amount of noise in your sleeping area. Unplug your phone. Use earplugs if you
need to. Use fans or recordings of soothing music or sounds (such as rain or
waves) to help you relax and fall asleep.
exercise but not less than 4 hours before your bedtime.
Go to bed at the
same time each night. Get up at the same time each morning, regardless of how
well you slept. Do not take naps during the day.
Develop a bedtime
routine and start it an hour before you want to fall asleep. Bedtime routines
are designed to help you relax. For example, before bedtime, take a warm shower
or bath, massage your feet with lotion, listen to soothing music or a
tape-recorded story, read an inspirational book, drink a cup of noncaffeinated
tea (such as chamomile) or warm milk, or have a small snack (such as half a
turkey sandwich or peanut butter and crackers).
If you have not
fallen asleep within 15 minutes after you go to bed, get up and do something
for 30 minutes that you usually do not enjoy. Then try to go to sleep again.
For example, read a difficult book or balance your checkbook.
taking nonprescription sleeping pills or using alcohol to help you sleep. They
may slow you down the next day, cause you to wake up during the night, or
interact with medicines you are taking.
Avoid eating or drinking
anything that might interfere with sleep. Do not drink alcohol or caffeine
after 5 p.m. Do not eat foods that you know might upset your stomach. If you
tend to wake up at night to go to the bathroom, drink only small amounts of
liquids after 5 p.m.
Reduce or eliminate your use of substances
containing nicotine, such as cigarettes.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.