BETTER SLEEP, BETTER YOU

Getting a good night’s sleep is difficult in our busy lives, but experts agree that getting sufficient sleep – generally seven hours uninterrupted – is key to a better mood, better brain function and a better you. Here are a few tips to help you hit the pillow.

  • Slow Down – Don’t hop into bed right after checking e-mail or watching television. Build in some quiet time to take a bath, read or chat with your spouse, and you’ll find it easier to fall into a deeper sleep.
  • Cool It Down – Turn down the thermostat or open a window in the bedroom. Experts say that people tend to sleep better when the room is slightly cool.
  • Fewer Beverages – Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages can both interfere with sleep. Try to avoid both before bed.
  • Hide the Clock – Staring at the clock when you can’t sleep ups your stress level.