Since sleep is so profoundly important, here are a few tips to help you ensure a resting night of restorative sleep:
-Adopt a regular routine at night and make it a priority to stick to it.
-Go to bed at the same time week nights and on weekends.
-Don?t take naps during the day unless you are really desperate.
-A short 30-minute power nap can be a resource if you are sleep deprived to recharge; however, regular daytime naps are counterproductive to a good night of quality sleep.
-Avoid caffeine, alcohol, a big meal or vigorous exercise in the evening.
-Minimize your fluid consumption for 2-3 hours prior to bedtime.
-Regular daytime exercise is an excellent tool for general conditioning and contributes to good sleep hygiene.
-Use the bedroom for only sleep and sex do not eat or watch TV in bed.
-If you cannot fall asleep after 30 minutes, get up and go to another room. Do something relaxing like reading or taking a warm bath. Do not check your email or watch TV.
-Invest in rest! Purchase a quality mattress that is promotes better health for you and your environment!