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10 tips for better sleep

Do you suffer from frequent sleepiness or sleeplessness? If so, here are our top 10 tips for getting a better night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep can prevent many diseases and conditions, so use these tips to get your best night’s rest.

  1. Reduce television and computer screen time an hour before bed.
  2. Exercise, but be sure to finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime.
  3. Listen to a white noise machine to cancel out sleep-disturbing sounds.
  4. Keep your bedroom at a cooler temperature at night.
  5. Establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. This reinforces your body’s sleep cycle.
  6. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon – it can stay in your system for hours and affect your ability to fall asleep.
  7. Finish eating at least two to three hours before bedtime to prevent heartburn and indigestion.
  8. Make sure your mattress and pillow are comfortable and supportive.
  9. Take a warm bath before bed. The hot water will increase your body temperature and as your body temperature drops, you will start to relax.
  10. Power nap. A 20-minute nap in the afternoon can help you feel more refreshed. Avoid napping for longer than 20 minutes – doing so can disrupt your sleep at night.

For more information, visit the Piedmont Sleep Center.

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