Insomnia 2

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Following healthy sleep habits can make the difference between a night of restlessness and restful slumber. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some healthy sleep habits in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good sleep hygiene.

The following tips can help you develop better sleep habits:

Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day

Lie down to sleep only when sleepy

If you cant sleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and go to another room; return when you are tired

Dont do things in bed that might keep you awake, like watching television, reading, talking on the phone, or worrying

Avoid caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol for at least four to six hours before bedtime

Avoid strenuous exercise within four hours of bedtime

Avoid daytime napping

Relax before going to bed

Avoid eating large meals or drinking a lot of water or other liquids in the evening

Keep the bedroom a comfortable temperature

Use earplugs if noise is a problem, and

Expose yourself to daytime light for at least 30 minutes each morning

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.