Advertisement

Easy Daytime Trick for Deeper Sleep Tonight

Easy Daytime Trick for Deeper Sleep Tonight

You are spontaneous, live in the moment, and sometimes even a bit wild and crazy. But going wherever life takes you can make getting to one destination -- dreamland -- difficult. Yes, we're talking about sleep problems.

In one study, researchers found that people who don't have regularly scheduled times for waking up, getting dressed, eating meals, and being active are more likely to have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep than those who do have a schedule. Not good. Not only does insomnia make you crankier than a last-place celebrity dancer, but it also increases your risk for weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and fuzzy thinking. Learn more about how losing sleep can cause weight gain.

Why does a schedule help you sleep? Regular daylight exposure helps set your body clock. And just following a routine helps program your mind and body to know that when the lights go out, it's time to wind down.

But you don't have to give up your spontaneous zing to get your ZZZs. Once you've set firm go-to-bed and get-up times (it's okay to deviate by an hour on weekends or after an occasional late night), go ahead and live large. Just skip stimulants like exercise and caffeine anywhere near bedtime. Also, give your bedroom a no-stress makeover: Banish computers, TVs (people without TVs in the bedroom have twice as much sex, which helps you sleep, too), stacks of bills, even the newspaper. Replace them with soft music and favorite reading material. Outfit your bed in a cozy comforter and soothing sheets and blankets, then reserve it for sleep and intimate fun. Who said hitting the hay was dull? Try these five foods for better sleep.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

What Causes Jet Lag—Plus 7 Ways to Avoid it
What Causes Jet Lag—Plus 7 Ways to Avoid it
You probably love racking up frequent flyer miles but dread the jet lag that comes with traveling between time zones. According to the American Sleep ...
Read More
Why are circadian rhythms important?
Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD
Circadian rhythms are not only important for your sleep cycle, but your metabolism as well. Circadia...
More Answers
I Had Too Many Restless Nights—Until I Did This
I Had Too Many Restless Nights—Until I Did ThisI Had Too Many Restless Nights—Until I Did ThisI Had Too Many Restless Nights—Until I Did ThisI Had Too Many Restless Nights—Until I Did This
All I wanted was seven solid hours of sleep. And I actually got it.
Start Slideshow
Can a Lack of Adequate Sleep Harm My Health?
Can a Lack of Adequate Sleep Harm My Health?