10 tips to help foster healthy sleep habits

By Sarah Heynen
Special to GUIDON

Sleep is important for healthy brain function, emotional well-being and overall good physical health. But many service members and veterans are not getting the sleep they need.

A study conducted by the Rand Corp. determined about 70 percent of deployable service members reported six hours or less of sleep per day, almost half said they sleep poorly, and one-third felt fatigued three to four times a week.

Making simple changes to your behavior and environment — sleep schedule, bedtime habits and daily lifestyle choices — can help you get a better night’s rest.

— Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine prior to bedtime. Having these stimulants too close to bedtime may keep you awake at night. Avoid them within three hours of turning in.

— Keep a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time…     Read More...