Power Down to Avoid Being Run Down - Page 2
Caffeine and taking naps aid Americans in coping with sleepiness, however this only contributes to the problem. So, how can you help yourself?
The National Sleep Foundation suggests:
- Set and stick to a regular sleep schedule
- Expose yourself to bright light in the morning and avoid it at night.
- Exercise regularly. Avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime.
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.
- Create a comfortable, distraction free sleeping environment.
- Treat your bed as your sanctuary from daily stresses.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages, chocolate and tobacco at night.
- Avoid large meals and beverages right before bedtime.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before bed
- No late-afternoon or evening naps, unless you work nights.
This is very practical advice, however, perhaps the real culprit is technology. Ignore those text messages, leave the email until morning and reconsider watching television before you turn in for the night. Who knows, you might actually have a decent night of sleep.