Go to Sleep
Lack of sleep — less than 7–9 hours — compromises your immune system (putting you at risk for infectious diseases), contributes to decreased work performance, and reduces quality of life. Daytime drowsiness and increased appetite are among the warning signs of needing more zzz.
Here are some suggestions to secure sound sleep:
- Establish a regular sleep schedule: Keep the same sleep hours, even on your days off.
- Exercise regularly: This will help you achieve deep sleep. But exercising just before bedtime will have the opposite effect. Try to get in your workout at least 3 hours before you hit the hay.
- Take a hot bath before bedtime: An evening routine helps relax your body and prepare it for sleep.
- Spend time outdoors each day: Daily exposure to the sun helps regulate your body’s sleep cycle.
- Avoid caffeine later in the day: Also check your medications; they could contain caffeine.
- Don’t watch TV in bed: This can over–stimulate your brain and keep you awake. Darkness is your best bet for falling asleep quickly.