So many of us suffer the ill effects of poor sleep, it’s surprising that we don’t have our own Awareness Day or magnet-ribbon for our cars. It’s to the point some mornings that I’m incredibly jealous of my friends who don’t have dark circles under their eyes, the ones who look bright eyed and bushy tailed. No fair! After some conversations with my family doctor, he gave me a list of things I can do to get to sleep faster, and stay asleep, none of which require a prescription. Here are a 10 ways to sleep better… thanks, Dr. Tom!
1. Avoid Caffeine
First and foremost, it’s a good idea to avoid stimulants, like caffeine, for at least a few hours before bedtime. Caffeine is in almost all coffees and teas (even decaf) and you can also find it in most caramel-colored sodas and in chocolate, so beware of what you eat and drink.