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Along with a healthy diet and exercise, good sleep is essential for your health and well-being. There is already plenty of sleep advice out there. But for those interested, here are my own personal habits for getting a good night’s sleep.

  1. I will get the right amount of sleep for me, each and every day. The amount that lets me feel awake, happy and healthy during the day.
  2. I will allow myself at least 30 minutes to relax/wind down before bedtime.
  3. I will go to bed only when I feel sleepy.
  4. If I am unable to fall asleep within 30 minutes, or if I am awake for more than 20 minutes during the night, I will get out of bed and do something else in another room. I will go back to bed only when I feel sleepy again. I will, if I do not fall back to sleep quickly, repeat this instruction as often as necessary throughout the night.
  5. I will wake up and get out of bed at the same time each morning, regardless of how much I have slept.
  6. I will only use my bedroom for sleeping. I will not eat, study, watch television or work in my bedroom.
  7. I will not nap during the day.

Try them yourself. I find that they help!

DoctorNeil

Dr. Neil Stanley

Dr Neil Stanley is an independent sleep expert who has been involved in research for over 35 years. After starting out at the R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine, he moved on to the University of Surrey's Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit, where he was Director of Sleep Research. Today, he travels the world lecturing on various aspects of sleep to both healthcare professionals and the public at large.