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
The Center for Sleep Disorders at Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Associates,
Howard County General Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center, 800-937-5337, www.hcgh.org
The Sleep Center at Franklin Square Hospital, 443-777-8382, www.franklinsquare.org
Sleep Medicine Services at Laurel Regional Hospital, 301-251-5905, www.dimensionshealth.org
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.