-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- Those extra hours of daylight
in the summer contribute to sleep problems experienced by many
Americans, experts say.
The Loyola University Health System team offers tips on how to
get a good night's sleep.
At least an hour before bedtime, start quieting down and
relaxing. Don't exercise or do any other vigorous activities. Turn
off handheld devices and remove them from the room. Darken the room
and create a comfortable environment in terms of temperature,
bedding, mattress and sleepwear.
Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Don't have any
food and beverages for several hours before bedtime. This will
reduce the chances that you'll have to get up in the night to go to
Make a list of worries, future errands and other things that are
on your mind before you go to bed. This can help reduce anxiety,
organize your thoughts and prepare you for sleep. Think twice about
allowing pets to sleep with you. If they move in the night and make
noise, they disturb sleep.
Some people who take medications before bed may do better to
take them in the morning or the other way around, according to a
Loyola news release. If you think this is an issue, talk to your
doctor about changing your medication schedule.
Train your mind and body to associate the bedroom with
relaxation and sleep, not exercising, playing games or watching TV.
Discuss good sleep strategies with your partner. You need their
cooperation for your efforts to succeed.
If your sleep problems persist, you may have a sleep disorder
such as sleep apnea, the Loyola experts say. Talk to your doctor
about undergoing a sleep study.
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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