Are You Getting a Good Night’s Sleep?
-Allow yourself a two-to three-hour wind-down relaxation routine prior to bedtime
-Avoid going to bed full or hungry; both are mentally distracting.
-Exercise regularly, but not too close to bedtime as it can give you an adrenaline rush.
If you suffer from hot flashes at night:
-Use a fan in your bedroom
-Minimize spicy foods close to bedtime
-Ensure pajamas and bed linens are made from breathable material, like 100% cotton
-Layer your night clothing so you can discard some of it during the night
-Avoid a large intake of liquid in the evening to minimize bathroom use in the middle of the night.
-If you suffer from repeated bouts of sleep disturbances, seek consultation from your doctor or a sleep center.
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep
Originally Posted March/April 2014 | STORY BY Elizabeth Heubeck