Sleep Tips for Summer Nights

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Don't let longer daylight hours disturb your slumber

Those extra hours of daylight in the summer contribute to sleep problems experienced by many Americans, experts say.

The Loyola University Health System team offers tips on how to get a good night's sleep.

At least an hour before bedtime, start quieting down and relaxing. Don't exercise or do any other vigorous activities. Turn off handheld devices and remove them from the room. Darken the room and create a comfortable environment in terms of temperature, bedding, mattress and sleepwear.

Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Don't have any food and beverages for several hours before bedtime. This will reduce the chances that you'll have to get up in the night to go to the bathroom.

Make a list of worries, future errands and other things that are on your mind before you go to bed. This can help reduce anxiety, organize your thoughts and prepare you for sleep. Think twice about allowing pets to sleep with you. If they move in the night and make noise, they disturb sleep.

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SOURCE: HealthDay News
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