- Get Some ZZZZZ’s
- Sleep is an essential, not optional, part of your day
- While you sleep, your brain is hard at work forming the pathways necessary for learning and creating memories and new insights.
- Without enough sleep, you can’t focus and pay attention at your best
- Lack of sleep can cause mood problems and makes you more susceptible to the common cold
- Finally, if you have trouble falling asleep, maintaining sleep, awaken earlier than you wish, feel unrefreshed after sleep or suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day or when you wish to be alert, you should also consult your physician. Be sure to tell him/her if you have already tried these tips and for how long.
- The following tips can help you achieve sleep and the benefits it provides. These tips are intended for "typical" adults, but not necessarily for children or persons experiencing medical problems.
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Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends.
Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as a hot shower and then reading a book or listening to soft music.
Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
Be careful about taking too many naps.
Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol close to bedtime.