9 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep until sunlight
If possible, wake up with the sun, or use very bright lights in the morning. Sunlight helps the body’s internal biological clock reset itself each day. Sleep experts recommend exposure to an hour of morning sunlight for people having problems falling asleep.
Relax before bed
A warm bath, reading, or another relaxing routine can make it easier to fall sleep. You can train yourself to associate certain restful activities with sleep and make them part of your bedtime ritual.
See a doctor if your sleeping problem continues
If you have trouble falling asleep night after night, or if you always feel tired the next day, then you may have a sleep disorder and should see a physician. Your primary care physician may be able to help you; if not, you can probably find a sleep specialist at a major hospital near you. Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively, so you can finally get that good night’s sleep you need.
It’s true. Some have found relief when they actually get up out of bed and go somewhere else in their room or house to pray then come back to bed. Researchers don’t know if its the “letting go” aspect of mental stress or the physical aspect of moving and coming back to bed. Or it could be a combination of the two. However, it does work for some.
Adapted from “When You Can’t Sleep: The ABCs of ZZZs,” by the National