Making sleep a priority

We all can use a better night’s sleep, especially health care professionals who need to stay sharp throughout their work shifts.

Since May is Better Sleep Month, we asked some of the highly rated sleep experts on Angie’s List for tips on how to catch some shut eye as soon as your head hits the pillow. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Maintain consistency in sleep pattern: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day; even on your days off, if possible.
  • Avoid alcohol and drinks high in caffeine prior to bedtime: Alcohol and caffeine can disturb sleep.
  • Use the bed for sleep: No reading, watching TV, working on the laptop or catching up on work.
  • If you can’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, get out of bed: Go to a quiet, dimly lit room and read until you get sleepy, then return to bed. Repeat if necessary.
  • Talk to your doctor or a specialist: Even health care professionals need to seek advice of others. If you have trouble sleeping on a regular basis, it’s time to make an appointment to see a physician.

Along with these tips, the National Sleep foundation suggests making your bedroom as sleep-friendly as possible to encourage better sleep habits, including using darkening shades or curtains, making the bed every morning and keeping your room at a cool, yet comfortable temperature.

 What other tips do you have to get a good night’s sleep? Tweet your sleep tips to @AngiesListBC!