Distracting thoughts about how to get to sleep
should be the last thing keeping you up at night.
When you run out of sheep to count, remember these
simple tips for better sleep. Before you know it, your sleep
problems will be a thing of the past.
Keep things consistent.
Stick to the same sleep schedule every night—even
on weekends! Before long your body will know
when to sleep and when to wake up.
No more naps.
At least not in the late afternoon. If you do decide
to doze off, keep naps to 20 minutes or less.
The smallest amount of light or noise can signal
your brain to be alert.
Avoid using cell phones, laptops, or watching TV in your bed.
The artificial blue light confuses your body into thinking that
it’s daytime. Pick up a book instead!
If you time it right, regular exercise can help you sleep
better too. Start your day with a morning workout to
experience longer, deeper sleep cycles.
Caffeinate with caution.
Limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake can help
you sleep more soundly.
Eat light at night.
Keep your digestive system (and bladder!) on track at
night. Eating heavy meals or consuming a lot of liquids
too close to bedtime can cause nature to call at
unwanted times of the night, or even nightmares.