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Good Sleep Hygiene Handout

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    April 22, 2014 4:42:17 PM PDT

    1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day regardless of what time you fell asleep.

    2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music.

    3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool; sleep on comfortable mattress and pillows.

    4. User your bedroom only for sleep and sex. Have work materials, computers, and TVs in another room.

    5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours prior to your regular bedtime.

    6. Avoid caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol and smoking within 2 hours of bedtime.

    7. Exercise regularly; finish a few hours before bedtime.

    8. Avoid naps.

    9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching TV.

    10. Designate another time to write down problems and possible solutions in the later afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime.

    11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch TV or Twitter, until sleepy.

    This post was edited by DrSocial Admin at May 29, 2015 2:24:12 PM PDT