- Avoid stimulants, such as coffee, tea, or chocolate—anything with caffeine in it—at least 3 or 4 hours before you go to bed.
- Exercise in the morning or afternoon, but not in the evening.
- Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning.
- Use the bed for sleeping and/or sexual activity.
- Avoid the use of alcohol later in the evening; it can increase awakenings later in the night.
- Try taking short naps, but keep in mind that sleeping in the daytime will affect your sleep at night. You may find that a 30-minute nap can decrease your nighttime sleep, or you may sleep for a shorter time.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Catching Your ZZZ’s
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 80% of seniors between the ages of 65 and 84 report having sleep problems. So the question is, what can all these people do in order to get their sleep? The foundation offers some ideas to consider: