Sleep Better, Feel Better
Six tips for getting the zzz's you desperately need
Shut out the blue light
The light that glows from your TV, phone, tablet and digital clock can be more disruptive to your sleep than breaking news. Give yourself at least 30 minutes without them before you turn in. And while you’re at it, turn off the sound on your phone. Those texts can wait until morning.
Let's talk pillows
Pillows that are too fat or too thin don’t let your head rest in a neutral, supportive position. If you have back pain, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs to better align hips and back.
Try to avoid caffeine late in the day. (Some people find that any caffeine after noon affects their sleep.) If you’re having trouble staying awake mid-afternoon, try a brisk 10-minute walk to re-energize yourself.
Go easy on the water
Our bodies need and appreciate water. But a big glass before bedtime can send you to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and hinder your ability to nod off again. Try not to drink much in the 2-4 hours before you hit the pillow.
Create a bedtime routine
Humans thrive on routines, and that goes for sleeping, too. Whether it’s a few minutes of deep breathing or an hour of reading, a calming routine before bed trains your body to prepare for sleep. Going to bed and getting up at the same time each day can also help.
Sleeping meds, a last resort
On the advice of a health care provider, you may need medication to help you sleep, but it’s generally considered a shortterm solution. Many sleep aids carry unwanted side effects. Natural, unaided sleep will help you rise and shine feeling your best.