Besides sapping your energy, experts agree that lack of sleep can increase your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Here are 13 tips for getting more shut-eye–and feeling more energized the next day (via The Huffington Post):
1. Set a specific bedtime for yourself. And be realistic. If you have to wake up at 7 a.m., staying awake until 1:30 a.m. each night probably won’t be enough.
2. Get ready for bed well before your bedtime. Sometimes, you can feel too tired to get ready for bed, resulting in an even later bedtime. To avoid this, try getting ready for bed well before you turn off the light.
3. Rest in darkness. Shut the blinds, block out any lights from your computer, clock or phone. Even a digital alarm clock’s tiny light can disrupt a sleep cycle, so it’s important to keep your room as dark as possible.
4. Stretch. Research has shown that people who have trouble sleeping can get more restful sleep if they stretch a few times per week.
5. Lower the thermostat. Studies show that the optimal range for sleep is between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue Reading …