10 ways to banish sleep deprivation

10 Ways to Banish Your Sleep Deprived State and Sleep Better Every Night

Did the Zzz Test tell you it was time to get more sleep? Here’s 10 tips to banish your sleep deprived state and sleep better tonight!

  1. Give yourself “permission” to go to bed. Put away your to-do lists and make sleep a priority.
  2. Unwind early in the evening. Try to deal with worries and distractions several hours before bedtime.
  3. Develop a sleep ritual. Doing the same thing each night just before bed signals your body to settle down for the night.
  4. Keep regular hours. Keep your biological clock in check by going to bed and waking up at the same time, even on weekends.
  5. Create a restful place to sleep. Sleep in a cool, dark room that is free from noises that disturb your sleep.
  6. Sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation. It’s difficult to sleep in a bed that’s too small, too soft, too hard or too old.
  7. Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can help relieve daily tension and stress–but don’t exercise too close to bedtime or you may have trouble falling asleep.
  8. Cut down on stimulants. Consuming stimulants, such as caffeine, in the evening can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  9. Don’t smoke. Smokers take longer to fall asleep and wake up more often during the night.
  10. Reduce alcohol intake. Drinking shortly before bedtime interrupts and fragments your sleep.