Can’t sleep?

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.