1. Temperature matters: Your body temperature drops naturally at night and a cooler room makes it easier to catch some ZZZs and stay asleep. Turn the thermostat down below 68 degrees if you can.
2. Keep it consistent: Choose a bedtime and stick to it during the week, on weekends and during vacations.
3. Develop a routine: Bedtime rituals are critical. Having a regular relaxing routine before you go to bed helps mentally and physically prepare you for sleep.
4. Watch what you eat: If you eat too much before you sleep it can give you problems with reflux or heartburn. Additionally, avoid consuming caffeine in the afternoon.
5. Wait until you’re tired: If you don’t go to bed when you are sleepy, you may start to associate your bed with being awake. If you don’t fall asleep within a half hour of laying down, get out of bed and try again later.
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