Eight Habits to Improve your Sleep!

Here is sleep advice that has worked well for me and my patients:

  1. No exercise for at least 6 hours before sleep. Exercise is good for you but raises your adrenalin levels. Exercise early afternoon or morning as late workouts will hinder a good sleep.
  2. Do not watch television for at least one hour before bedtime. High action shows and news that upsets you is not the way to relax before bedtime.
  3. Turn lights down low in your home about an hour before bed.
  4. No late meals, you will feel lousy and will not be able to sleep.
  5. Snack on a light complex carb snack, one cracker or flax seed biscuit and a small glass of water about an hour before bed.
  6. Do not drink alcohol for at least 4 hours before bed.
  7. Write your to-do lists during the day for your next day of work. Worrying about forgetting something will not help you sleep. Keep it on paper not in your head.
  8. Relax and speak softly for your last hour before retiring to bed. Think happy thoughts!

Now enjoy a better night’s rest!
Brian Goertz MD

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