Seventy-five percent of adults have reported experiencing sleep problems at least a few nights a week or more within the past year. This continues a nearly 20-year upward trend of a number of adults reporting sleep problems.
See your doctor about persistent sleep troubles. Evaluate whether the following suggestions from the National Institutes of Health can aid you in getting more quality sleep:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Don’t sleep in on weekends. Keep your weekday schedule.
- One hour before bed, stop work, wind down, and relax. Try taking a hot bath.
- Avoid heavy eating before bedtime.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks, nicotine, and caffeine before bed.
- Try exercising five or six hours before bedtime.
- Keep your bedroom cool and dark, and keep smartphones out of your room.
Source: UTEAP FrontLine Employee (December 2016)