Updated: Dec 30, 2020
Hello, everyone! I don't know about you, but as I get older, I’m realizing how important good sleep really is...Hint: “It is really important.” Good sleep helps you to recover, regenerate, and remember. Overall learning is significantly impacted by the quality of sleep achieved each night. Check out these strategies to help facilitate better, more consistent sleep.
Maintain a consistent sleep/wake schedule
Avoid caffeine at least 4 hours before bedtime and minimize overall use of caffeine
Avoid smoking, especially near bedtime
Avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime
Avoid eating for at least 1 hour before bedtime
Lessen noise, light and excessive hot/cold temperatures where you sleep
Develop a regular bedtime and stick to it
Attempt to wake up without an alarm clock
This can be obtainable by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule
If you’re having difficulty with falling asleep, consider moving your bedtime earlier gradually; even small incremental changes can help to increase time spent sleeping
Develop a routine for preparing to go to bed
Avoid screens (TVs, cell phones, computers, tablets) for at least 30 minutes before bedtime
Reserve your bed for bedtime activities only; avoid spending too much time in bed watching TV or looking at your cell phone
If feeling anxious, incorporate relaxation and meditative activities to minimize anxiety and racing mind to ready yourself for sleep
If spending more than 20 minutes in bed trying to go to sleep, get up and do something relaxing in low light and return to bed when feeling ready
Ensure you are breathing appropriately while sleeping; if not, you may need to see a sleep specialist.
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