The First Week of March is National Sleep Awareness Week!!

The first week of March is National Sleep Awareness Week!

The Nursing Division of the Livingston Health Department would like to share some sleep tips provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at sleepeducation.org.

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Quick Sleep Tips

Follow these tips to establish healthy sleep habits:

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends or during vacations.
  • Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
  • Don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy.
  • If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.
  • Use your bed only for sleep. (In other words do not use your bed like a sitting area or couch)
  • Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature.
  • Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings.
  • Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Don’t eat a large meal before bedtime. If you are hungry at night, eat a light, healthy snack.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Avoid consuming caffeine in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime.
  • Reduce your fluid intake before bedtime.
Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Sleep Medicine

 

To read the article in its entirety please click on the following link  sleepeducation.org  or contact Ashley Messer BSN, RN Health Educator of the Livingston Health department for additional resources or information on this topic at 973-535-7961 X227. Please note some of the information above may have been changed, removed or edited for the purposes of this publication.