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Say Goodbye to Daylight Saving Time, Hello to Better Sleep

It’s time to fall back and get an extra hour of sleep this weekend. Remember, most adults require eight hours of sleep to function at their best.

Dr. Sonya Merrill, medical director of the Sleep Medicine Institute at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, shared the following tips to make sure you’re getting a good night’s rest:

  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Stay away from stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol too close to bedtime
  • Exercise can promote good sleep. Vigorous exercise should be done in the morning or late afternoon. Consider a relaxing exercise, like yoga, before bed
  • Food can be disruptive right before sleep; stay away from large meals right before bedtime
  • Try to avoid emotionally upsetting conversations and activities before trying to go to sleep. Don’t dwell on, or bring your problems to bed
  • Associate your bed with sleep. It’s not a good idea to use your bed to watch TV, listen to the radio or read
  • Make sure that the sleep environment is pleasant and relaxing. The room should not be too hot or cold, or too bright

For more tips on small, healthy changes you can make, visit TexasHealth.org/Well-Being.

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