I am one who often has difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. I like staying up late, but I also like getting up early. Those two don't work too well together. My work day absolutely flies by, and then when I get home, I want to kick back and watch the tube or catch up on news, or enjoy some activity with the family. Before I know it, it's already bed time....SIGH! The when the alarm clock goes off, I'm like..."Are you kidding me?!"
Reader's Digest has listed 5 ways to train your body and its biological clock to sleep better.
- Wake at the Same Time Every Day. A good night's sleep actually starts in the morning.
- Hit the Sheets Only When Sleepy. No, not just tired. Sleepy, as in your eyes are droopy and you keep losing track of what people are saying to you.
- Get Up. If you wake at 2:00 A.M., get up and go read a book in the living room.
- Give Yourself an Hour. The one right before bed.
- Beware Sunday Night Insomnia. Staying up late on Friday and Saturday nights and sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday mornings is frequently the gift we give ourselves on weekends after a hard week at work. Yet that little gift -- small as it is -- is enough to screw up our biological clocks.