(HealthDay News) -- Not getting enough sleep? It's probably hurting your health.
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke suggests how to improve your sleep:
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. But don't exercise just before bedtime.
Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before bedtime.
Set a relaxing routine before bed, such as taking a bath, reading or meditating.
Maintain a cool and comfortable temperature in your bedroom.
Do not watch TV or use any other electronic devices just before bed.
If you cannot fall asleep, do not lie in bed for a long time awake. Instead, read a book or listen to music until fatigue sets in.
If you often have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, see a doctor.
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