15 Tips for Better Sleep


It’s estimated that about 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation and I hate to tell you this, but I'm luckily not one of them.  Sleep to me, is a priority.  I literally can't function without a minimum of eight hours and sometimes allow myself ten.  However, if you're someone who has trouble sleeping, here are some tips for better sleep.

  1. Eliminate/reduce caffeine and alcohol 

  2. Don’t consume chocolate (or caffeine) within 7-8 hours of bedtime

  3. Turn off electronic devices 1-2 hours before bed

  4. Finish dinner 3-4 hours before bedtime

  5. Drink a calming tea like Chamomile in the evening

  6. Sleep in a totally dark room (all sources of light off) 

  7. Set your bedroom at a comfortable temperature

  8. Exercise in the morning, afternoon or early evening (not late at night)

  9. Take a soothing, hot bath at night

  10. Listen to soft music before bed to help wind down

  11. Use relaxing breathing techniques or meditation

  12. Listen to white noise at bedtime (I like my dryer.)

  13. Relax and read before bed  

  14. Try Yoga or Tai Chi at night to de-stress

  15. Write down a list of things you want to get done tomorrow or put it on your calendar to calm anxiety