Tips for Sleeping Smart

- Establish regular bed and wake times.
- Avoid nicotine altogether, and avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Exercise regularly (but complete the workout at least 3 hours before bedtime).
- Establish a consistent relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine.
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and comfortable.
- Discuss the appropriate way to take any sleep aid with a health-care professional.


Where you can get help

Submit a Letter to the Editor for the Laurel Leader, Columbia Flier and Howard County Times

The Center for Sleep Disorders at Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Associates,

Howard County General Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center, 800-937-5337,

Johns Hopkins University’s Sleep Medicine Program, 443-287-3313,

The Sleep Center at Franklin Square Hospital, 443-777-8382,

Sleep Medicine Services at Laurel Regional Hospital, 301-251-5905,


According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll:

60% of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy, and 37% admit to falling asleep at the wheel in the past year.

48% of Americans don’t talk to doctors about sleep problems because they’re afraid of sleep aids.

60% don’t think their sleep problems are serious.

40% don’t think they have a sleep problem.