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IMA Guide to Health

Patients Guide

Sleep Hygiene Guidelines
Harvard Guide that can help you establish a sleep routine to promote restful nights.

Your Daily Sleep Guide
This morning-to-evening, sleep-promoting schedule may help you get the rest you need.
7:00 a.m. Wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends.
8:00 a.m. Limit yourself to just one cup of caffeinated coffee at breakfast, or drink decaf. Too much caffeine in the morning can stay with you until bedtime. (If you're used to drinking several cups of coffee a day, wean yourself off it gradually over a few weeks.)
9:00 a.m. Get outside for a 30-minute walk. Both exercise and morning sunlight can help you sleep better.
6:00 p.m. Eat a light dinner. A heavy meal can lead to heartburn, which can keep you awake. Avoid caffeinated tea, coffee, and soda, as well as alcohol and chocolate.
9:15 p.m. Turn off your TV, computer, cell phone, and tablet at least 30 minutes before bed. They stimulate the brain. Read a book (not on a tablet), take a warm bath, or listen to soft music to help your body and mind unwind before bed.
9:45 p.m. Get your bedroom ready for sleep. Dim the lights, close the curtains, make sure the temperature is cool and comfortable, and cover your alarm clock so you can't see the time if you do wake up in the middle of the night.