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When Sleep Escapes You

Tips to help you get to sleep

(HealthDayNews) -- If you spend hours before falling sleep counting sheep, it might be time to work on your sleeping habits.

The Mayo Clinic offers these suggestions:

  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and heavy meals in the evening.
  • Exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day, but not in the late evening.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet and comfortably cool.
  • Use the bed for sleep and sex only.
  • If your days are stressed, use the hours before bed to unwind and relax. A bath, a glass of warm milk or some light reading may help.
  • Hide the clock and don't try to think about how many hours of sleep you're losing.
  • Check that any medications you're taking don't contain caffeine.
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