Everyone has the occasional touch of insomnia. Practicing what sleep experts call good sleep hygiene can help you get the shut-eye you need.
• Make your bedroom a soothing oasis. Ban TV watching, iPhone surfing and reading and reserve your bedroom only for sleeping and sex.
• Turn your bed into a comfy nest. If your bed is comfortable, you’ll fall asleep more quickly and wake up refreshed. Invest in a poufy comforter or fluffy pillow to snuggle into when you go to bed.
• Stick to a schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, weekends and vacations included.
• Ban caffeine, alcohol and heavy snacking after dinner. Opt for a small snack about an hour before bedtime so hunger won’t keep you awake.
• Turn out the lights. Light, even the small amount emitted by an LED alarm clock, can make it hard to fall asleep and can keep you from sleeping soundly. Invest in some room-darkening shades or blinds to block light coming through the windows or wear an eye mask to bed.
• Turn down the volume. If street sounds, highway noise or your mate’s snoring are keeping you awake at night, run a fan to create white noise or pick up a cheap pack of earplugs.
• Turn on the Nighty Night video. With its soothing music and images, the Nighty Night video will have you nodding off in no time.