Seven Habits That Can Improve Your Sleep Health

How To Get Healthy Sleep?

One of our basic physiological needs is sleep. The fact is one cannot enjoy a healthy lifestyle without adequate sleep. One is also at his or her optimal performance best after at least seven hours of sleep.

sleep 2Below are some six habits that can help one to get healthy sleep:

  1. Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
  2. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
  3. Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom.
  4. Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
  5. Avoid tobacco/nicotine.
  6. Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

Keep a journal of your sleep patterns to discuss with your doctor.

If you still have trouble sleeping, discuss your sleep with your doctor.

Before your appointment, keep a 10-day sleep journal or diary to share with your doctor that includes when you:

  1. Go to bed
  2. Fall asleep
  3. Wake up
  4. Get out of bed
  5. Take naps
  6. Exercise
  7. Drink alcohol
  8. Consume caffeine-containing beverages

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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