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Sleepless Nights, UNT researchers seek to help students with insominia by Sally Bell


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Tips for getting a good night's sleep

To ensure you get your Z's, Daniel Taylor, assistant professor of psychology with UNT's Sleep and Health Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, offers a few tips:

  • Keep a regular bedtime and wake time — even on days you don't have to head to the office
  • Use the bedroom for sleep, not as a place to work, watch television or have family discussions
  • Don't sleep in other areas of the house such as the TV room couch
  • Try to relax before bedtime
  • Try to go to bed only when you feel sleepy
  • Determine what activities make you sleepy and do those right before bedtime — e xamples might include a warm bath or shower, light bedtime snack or reading
  • Don't go to bed more than 30 minutes before you plan to fall asleep
  • If you don't fall asleep after about 20 to 30 minutes, get up and do one of the activities that generally makes you sleepy
  • Don't take naps during the day (even on the weekends)
  • Don't exercise within two hours of bedtime
  • Don't have caffeine late in the day
  • Avoid smoking close to bedtime as nicotine acts as a stimulant


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