How to get better sleep
If you don't get the right amount of sleep, you increase your risk of not only colds, but hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, and all kinds of emotional issues. Here's how to help you get the rest you need.
1) Figure out how much sleep you need
If you're getting seven hours a night and are still tired during the day, you probably need more. So bump it up to eight and stick to that schedule for two weeks and then re-evaluate.
2) Keep your cool
Check the thermostat: The ideal bedroom temperature is around 65 degrees F. Also be sure not to use too many blankets -- being too warm at night can interrupt your sleep.
3) Eliminate all light sources
As even the light from an alarm clock will keep your brain from realizing it's time to sleep, so get rid of any electronics that emit light -- and that includes the "standby" light on your laptop or TV.
4) Watch your mouth
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine -- they can all keep you awake. Food can also make it harder to fall asleep, so experts recommend that you eat your last meal or snack 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
5) Keep a consistent sleep schedule
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every single day -- even on the weekends.
For more tips on how to get a good night's sleep, check this out:
How to develop healthy sleep habits!