What Can I Do To Improve My Sleep?

Learn stress reduction and relaxation techniques to manage anxious symptoms and improve sleep.

Caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes can have a negative effect on sleep. Reduction may be indicated, particularly 4-6 hours before bedtime.

Regulate your sleep-wake cycle by establishing a fixed and regular bedtime and awakening time that allows you 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Many complaints, such as nervousness, lack of energy, headaches, tiredness, difficulty making decisions, and poor concentration, may simply be due to poor sleep habits.

Other suggestions to improve sleep:

  • No naps
  • No exercise 4 hours before bed
  • Only use your bed for sleeping and sex
  • Take a hot bath no less than 90 minutes before bed

For more information on improving sleep: www.umm.edu/sleep/sleep_hyg.html