Are you lying awake, so agitated by the hum of the digital clock that all the sheep-counting in the world isn’t going to help you get some zzz’s? Relax, the National Sleep Foundation has some advice for getting to sleep and staying asleep:
• Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends.
• Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.
• Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
• Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
• Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex.
• Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime.
• Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
• Avoid caffeine close to bedtime. It can keep you awake.
• Avoid nicotine. Used close to bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep.
• Avoid alcohol close to bedtime.