Can't get to sleep? Don't try. Instead, make sleep come to you.
It may seem strange to think that anyone needs to be told how to fall asleep. But we've all had the experience of waking up in the middle of the night and then having trouble drifting off again. When this becomes an almost nightly occurrence, figuring out how to fall asleep quickly instead of tossing and turning till dawn could becomes critical for your quality of life and your health. Unfortunately, that desperate need to fall asleep can become one of the things that keeps you awake.
Previously, we discussed the importance of sleep for your health, and some ways to make sure you get as much as you need. For people who have difficulty sleeping, the basic practices that can help you to sleep soundly are relatively simple:
1. Maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule.
2. Exercise aerobically most days of the week.
3. Avoid eating, drinking alcohol, and exercising two to three hours before bedtime.
4. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening. If you are very sensitive to caffeine, avoid it completely.
5. Make sure you're not taking medication that affects your sleep.