What protocols are recommended for improving sleep?


For improving sleep, several protocols are recommended:

  1. Maintain Consistency: Avoid changing your sleep schedule even after a bad night. Stick to your regular wake-up time, and don't go to bed earlier than usual to prevent alterations in your biological clock which can extend your sleep issues 1.

  2. Sleep Hygiene:

    • Regularity: Sleep and wake at the same times daily.
    • Darkness: Dim lights before bed to cue your body for sleep.
    • Limit bedroom activities to sleep and intimacy 2.
  3. Bedtime Rescheduling (Sleep Restriction Therapy): If you have chronic insomnia, shortening your sleep window temporarily can force your brain to consolidate sleep, increasing sleep efficiency 3.

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  4. Mindfulness and Meditation: Before bed, meditate to divert your mind from stress and anxiety, which helps in preventing sleep-disrupting rumination 4.

  5. Optimal Sleep Environment:

    • Keep the bedroom cool to facilitate the drop in core body temperature necessary for sleep.
    • Exercise regularly to improve the quality of deep sleep 5.

Utilizing these strategies involves both behavioral adjustments and environmental modifications to optimize sleep quality and regularity.


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