Is the holiday rush making you tired?
Consider these tips from the Baystate Regional Sleep Program:
- Set a regular bedtime and wake up schedule.
- Make your bedroom a quiet, dark environment that is primarily a place for sleeping.
- Establish relaxing before-bed routines, such as taking a bath or light reading.
- Develop relaxation techniques, such as quiet meditation or listening to soft music.
- Avoid stimulants like coffee, tea, and soda at least six hours before bed.
- Do not smoke, nicotine is a stimulant and can make it difficult to fall asleep.
- Avoid troubling news right before bed, such as violence on TV or in the newspaper.
- Exercise regularly and early in the day. This helps keep the body and mind healthy. Avoid vigorous exercise activities right before bed.
- Don’t nap during the day.
- Hide the clock so you can’t see the time when you are in bed.
- Make the room cool or at a temperature conducive for sleeping.
If you are still having trouble sleeping and think you may have a sleep disorder, talk with your doctor.