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Health Tip: Plan for Better Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Even getting a good night's sleep requires some thought and preparation.

The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions:

  • Go to sleep at the same time every night, even on weekends.

  • Create a relaxing bedtime ritual.

  • Avoid naps.

  • Exercise daily.

  • Maintain a cool sleeping temperature between 60 degrees and 67 degrees.

  • Buy a comfortable mattress and pillows.

  • Use bright light in the morning to help manage your circadian rhythm.

  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes.

  • Don't eat heavy meals in the evening.

  • If you can't sleep, switch rooms and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

  • If you still can't sleep, speak with your doctor to find a sleep professional.

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