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What can I do to help improve my sleep routine?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: ImproveSleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene are habits to help improve sleep.
They include avoiding alcohol, tobacco and caffeine within 5-6 hours of the desired bedtime, exercise 4-5 hours before desired bedtime, avoid eating in bed, avoid reading in bed, avoid watching tv in bed and try to stick with set bedtimes and rises times weekdays and weekends. These are just general guidelines to follow.

In brief: ImproveSleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene are habits to help improve sleep.
They include avoiding alcohol, tobacco and caffeine within 5-6 hours of the desired bedtime, exercise 4-5 hours before desired bedtime, avoid eating in bed, avoid reading in bed, avoid watching tv in bed and try to stick with set bedtimes and rises times weekdays and weekends. These are just general guidelines to follow.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Create a routine

Have a short consistent bedtime routine involving a couple of activities that help you wind down.
Ideas: hot bath, stretching, writing in a journal, reading, prayer, breathing exercises, dimming lights & turning off electronics. Also create a sleep haven by eliminating light, sound and sleep interruptions as much as possible. Avoid stimulants-nicotine & caffeine especially!

In brief: Create a routine

Have a short consistent bedtime routine involving a couple of activities that help you wind down.
Ideas: hot bath, stretching, writing in a journal, reading, prayer, breathing exercises, dimming lights & turning off electronics. Also create a sleep haven by eliminating light, sound and sleep interruptions as much as possible. Avoid stimulants-nicotine & caffeine especially!
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine

In brief: Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene includes numerous recommendations including - cool, dark, and quiet room for sleep, maintaining a similar bedtime and awake pattern all week, avoiding exercise, tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol 4-6 hours before going to bed, and rising from bed if not asleep in 20 minutes and stay in a darkly lit area for 15-20 minutes before returning to bed.

In brief: Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene includes numerous recommendations including - cool, dark, and quiet room for sleep, maintaining a similar bedtime and awake pattern all week, avoiding exercise, tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol 4-6 hours before going to bed, and rising from bed if not asleep in 20 minutes and stay in a darkly lit area for 15-20 minutes before returning to bed.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: Train your brain

One way to train your brain is to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time 7 days per week.
Of these the most important is getting up at the same time daily.

In brief: Train your brain

One way to train your brain is to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time 7 days per week.
Of these the most important is getting up at the same time daily.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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