Behaviors That Help You Sleep

No one likes to toss and turn all night. There are things you can do to help yourself get a better night’s rest. A consistent wind-down routine every day can help you fall asleep more quickly and reliably.

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Your temperature naturally dips at night. Two hours before bed, soak in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes. The rapid cool-down period immediately afterward relaxes you and is more likely to put you in a deep sleep.

Install a Dimmer Switch

Sitting in a dimly lit room before getting ready for bed can put you in the right mind-set for sleep.

Shun PM Stimulants

Skipping your normal cup of coffee in the evening should help you fall asleep quicker because caffeine is a stimulant. If you have trouble sleeping, you should skip drinking coffee after noontime because it can remain in your system for a long time.

Shut Down Electronics

While you may find it relaxing to catch up with friends on social media before bed, this practice can actually increase the amount of time you toss and turn. Lit screens (including TVs) are stimulating so it’s best to avoid them.

Wear Socks to Bed

If cold feet are keeping you awake, especially during the winter, warm them up with a soft pair of socks. The extra layer under the covers can help improve circulation in your extremities and help you fall asleep.