How can I improve my sleep habits?

Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.

If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. If you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help. No late-afternoon or evening naps, unless you work nights. If you must nap, keep it under 45 minutes and before 3:00 pm.

Exercise in the morning can help you get the light exposure you need to set your biological clock. Avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime, if you are having problems sleeping.

If you find yourself still lying awake after 20 minutes, get out of bed. Get up and do something relaxing in dim light until you are sleepy.

Avoid caffeinated beverages, large meals and alcohol right before bedtime.