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Well-Being: Sleep Well

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Sleep helps your body and your mind to function at their best. Improve your sleep by following these sleep tips:

  • Wake at the same time every day
  • Exercise regularly, but not within 2 to 4 hours of bedtime
  • Do relaxing activities before bed
  • Keep your bedroom quiet and cool
  • Don't have caffeine for 6 hours prior to bedtime
  • Don't have nicotine for 6 hours prior to bedtime
  • Don't drink alcohol for 4 hours prior to bedtime
  • Don't watch television for an hour before bedtime
  • If you nap, only nap early in the day, not in the evening

Talk with your primary care provider if you have serious problems with sleep or often feel tired or fatigued.

Programs that Work for Veterans

The programs and resources listed below are offered in communities throughout the U.S. and are not specifically endorsed by the VA. Open the link to learn more about the program/resource and to find a location near you.

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Institute on Aging (NIA)

  • Information, articles, videos, and additional resources for help with improving your sleep:

A Good Night’s Sleep

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