A good night’s sleep is imperative for maximum energy and functioning throughout the day. There are many barriers to proper sleep quality and duration. Some things can’t be prevented such as a waking child or dog, but we need to change the factors that we can control. For example, looking at an electronic device such as a phone, tablet, or TV just prior to bed can actually decrease melatonin, our sleepy time hormone.
Try reading a book, relaxing in a bath, or listening to music to get ready for bed. Avoid big meals, alcohol, caffeine, and vigorous exercise prior to bedtime. Set aside time well before bedtime to try and plan for the next day if worrying is something that keeps your mind going when trying to fall asleep. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization.