- Don’t use artificial sedatives to fall asleep. Though they may seem like they are helping, sedatives disrupt the brain’s natural sleep process.
- Avoid “blue” light at night. When your brain detects the blue light given off by TVs, computers and other screen-based devices, it stops the release of melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel tired.
- Only drink caffeine early in the day. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 24 hours, and, as a result, it can create a cycle of fatigue if you rely on it to feel alert.
- Maintain consistent sleep habits. If you go to sleep and wake up at regular times, your body’s circadian rhythm will naturally help you maintain this schedule.
- Know how much sleep you need. Many people underestimate the amount of sleep they need. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that the average person needs a little over seven hours of sleep every night to function optimally, but this can vary from person to person.