What to Avoid Before Bedtime

  • Alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants such as nicotine
  • Heavy late-night meals (although a light snack at bedtime may be helpful)
  • Heavy exercise within 6 hours of bedtime
  • Thoughts or discussions before bedtime about topics that cause anxiety, anger or frustration
  • Clock Watching

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Sleep Hygiene: Good Habits for Better Sleep

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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