14 tips for better sleep

In our sleep-deprived society, everyone could use a little more, better quality sleep. Here are some suggestions that can help you drift off to the land of nod.

14 tips for better sleep

Sleep dos and don'ts

  1.  Keep a sleep log for several weeks to help identify activities and behaviour that may interfere with your sleep. Each day, write down the times you wake up and go to bed, and when you drink caffeinated beverages, exercise and take naps.
  2. Exercise regularly, preferably in the late afternoon. Do not exercise strenuously within two or three hours of bedtime, as this may impair your ability to fall asleep.
  3. Don't take a long nap during the day; this may make it more difficult to fall asleep at night.
  4. Eat at regular times during the day, and avoid a heavy meal close to bedtime.
  5. Avoid caffeine. After lunch, stay away from anything that contains caffeine.
  6. Don't smoke; if you can't quit, at least try not to smoke for an hour or two before bedtime.
  7. Avoid excessive mental stimulation before bedtime.
  8. Establish a schedule to help regulate your body's inner clock. Go to bed and get up at about the same times every day, and follow the same bedtime preparations each night to create a sleep ritual.
  9. Relax before you sleep. A warm bath or a few minutes of reading in bed, listening to soothing music or meditating are all useful sleep rituals. Try each one to see what works for you.
  10. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet. If you can't block outside noise, mask it with an inside noise, such as the hum of a fan.
  11. Use your bedroom only for sleeping, not for working or watching TV.
  12. Be comfortable in bed. Wear nightclothes that are loose-fitting and comfortable, made of breathable fabrics.
  13. Commit anxiety to paper. If your worries keep you awake at night, deal with them some other time. Devote 30 minutes after dinner to writing down problems and possible solutions, and then try to set them aside.
  14. Get up if you can't sleep; don't stay in bed fretting for more than 15 minutes or so. Get up, go to another room and read or watch TV until you are sleepy. Be sure to get up at your regular time the next day.

Following these 14 tips will help increase your chances of having a good night's sleep.

The material on this website is provided for entertainment, informational and educational purposes only and should never act as a substitute to the advice of an applicable professional. Use of this website is subject to our terms of use and privacy policy.
Close menu