Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Trouble sleeping is the most common complaint in general medical practice. Luckily, there are many simple and effective strategies to achieve a better night’s rest:

  • Establish regular times to wake up and go to sleep (including weekends)
  • Avoid electronics/ other bright light before bed
  • Avoid daytime naps
  • Exercise routinely but not close to bedtime
  • Create a comfortable sleep environment free of loud noise or extreme temperature
  • Discontinue or reduce the use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
  • Go to bed only when sleepy (avoid trying to force sleep)
  • Avoid drinking large quantities of liquids in the evening