Sleep Tips and Warning Signs
Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
Trying to get a better night’s rest? Try these tips:
- Regular exercise can be an effective sleep aid. It should be done in the morning and strenuous
exercise should be avoided three hours before bedtime.
- Don’t take naps in the afternoon or early evening. Get up and walk around. Don’t let yourself fall asleep until bedtime.
- The last heavy meal should be at least two to four hours before sleep.
- Limit nightime chocolate.
- Sleep as much as needed to feel refreshed and healthy but not more.
- A light snack (less than 400 calories) may help sleep. Consider trying milk, eggs, tuna fish,
cashews, or cottage cheese.
- Avoid caffeine in the evenings.
Sleep Disorder Warning Signs
You may have a sleep disorder if you:
- Consistently do not get enough sleep, or get poor quality sleep
- Fall asleep while driving
- Struggle to stay awake when inactive, such as when watching TV or reading
- Have difficulty paying attention or concentrating at work, school, or home
- Have performance problems at work or school
- Are often told by others that you are sleepy
- Have difficulty remembering
- Have slowed responses
- Have difficulty controlling your emotions
- Must take naps on most days
These are just a few warning signs of a possible sleep disorder. If you believe that either you, your
spouse or your child suffers from a sleep disorder, consult your physician.
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