Healthy Lifestyle: Sleep Better

If you have trouble sleeping, try these tips.

  • No TV or computer two hours before bedtime. It’s not just because the TV and computer are stimulating; it’s also because of their light. Use a light, calming reading lit by a lamp that doesn’t shine directly into your eyes.
  • No heavy exercise close to bedtime. Light stretching is OK, but vigorous activity will heat up your body’s core temperature, which makes it harder to sleep.
  • Take a hot bath. That will heat up your core body temperature, but when you get out of the bath, your core temperature will fall, which may help you get to sleep. A  bath relaxes you mentally. Try a hot, non-caffeinated drink, such as chamomile tea.
  • Set a regular sleep schedule. Make yourself get up at a certain time each morning. And though they may be tired at first, if they don’t nap, they may start sleeping better during the following nights.
  • Don’t count on weekend catch-up sleep. If you have chronic sleep problems, you probably can’t make up for that on the weekends. But if you generally sleep well and have a rough week, go ahead and sleep in on the weekend.
  • Prioritize good sleep. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.