Sleep is essential for health and wellbeing. But many people suffer from the lack of sleep, resulting in such problems as extreme tiredness during the day, poor decision-making, interference with learning and accidents.
There are some steps anyone can take to address common sleep problems, such as:
- Develop a consistent bedtime routine, performing the same nightly activities will signal to your body that it’s time to rest and will allow you to fall asleep faster, try dimming the lights a few minutes before bedtime to give a sense of evening twilight. Go to bed at the same time each night. Avoid surfing the web or watching television immediately before bed. Write down troubling thoughts so you won’t dwell on them through the night.
- Review your habits related to caffeine and alcohol. They can cause disruptions in your sleeping patterns.
- Take a power nap of no longer than 20 minutes during the day, if needed. That will help counter the slump in alertness people generally feel in the mid-afternoon.