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What things should I avoid if I want to improve my sleep?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Generally, I don't like telling you not to do something unless it's smoking, slurping trans fats, or spending 16 hours in front of the tube. But for optimum sleep preparation, there are a few things you should avoid to increase your chance of falling—and staying—asleep.
  1. No alcohol or nicotine for one-and-a-half hours before bed.
  2. No exercise that makes you sweat for one-and-a-half hours before bed (doing things that make you sweat in bed are OK).
  3. No caffeine, caffeinated beverages or food, or caffeine in pills for at least three hours before bed, or as long as your body dictates.
  4. No eating for three hours before bed, so you can avoid reflux issues that can disturb sleep.
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