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Sleep: Understanding the Basics (cont.)

How to Fall Asleep Fast

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Falling asleep is step one of getting a restful night so that the body can recover from daily activity. To fall asleep optimally requires that both emotional and physical states be ready to rest. This means minimizing stressful situations prior to sleep, being comfortable in the sleeping environment in regard to the senses (for example, noise, smells, temperature, and pressure from bedding), trying to go to sleep regularly at approximately the same time, and getting appropriate exercise activity during the course of the day. Also, for ideal total sleep, it is helpful to avoid lifestyle activities that aggravate proper sleep, such as smoking and alcohol.

Medically reviewed by Peter O’Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine


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