- First of all, maintain a regular schedule for getting to bed and waking. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine.. Such as soaking in a hot bath or reading a book.
Dr. Agustin Castellanos\Sleep Specialist: "In general, it's not a good idea to do anything that stimulates the mind--that you're actively participating in--like going online or watching a program near bedtime."
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress in a dark, quiet, and cool environment.
- Finish eating at least 2 to 3 hours before your regular bedtime.
- Exercise regularly, early in the day. Not before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine close to bedtime and that includes coffee, tea, and many sodas.
- And stay away from alcohol close to bedtime.
Dr. Agustin Castellanos\Sleep Specialist: " Alcohol, for instance, washes out of your system after a few hours, so you rebound and you're now sleeping lighter for the rest of the night."