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Sleeplessness and Circadian Rhythm Disorder (cont.)

Circadian Rhythm Disorder Treatment

Self-Care at Home

As always,maintaining good sleep hygiene is important. Good sleep hygiene consists of measures to reinforce the body's natural tendency to sleep, including the following:

  • Adhering to consistent sleep and wake times

  • Avoiding napping

  • Using the bed only for sleeping and intimacy

  • Avoiding stress, fatigue, and sleep deprivation

  • Avoiding vigorous exercise at least 4 hours prior to bedtime (Regular exercise is recommended.)

  • Avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine at least 4-6 hours prior to bedtime

  • Avoiding large meals and excessive fluids before bedtime

  • Controlling the environment, including light, noise, and room temperature (A controlled sleeping environment is especially important for shift workers and night workers.)
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