Sleep is one of the most important facets to a healthy lifestyle. It helps control your weight, lowers your risk of injury, heightens your mood, strengthens your immune system, and even improves your sex life. But unfortunately, most of us aren’t getting an adequate amount of shut-eye. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 million people suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year in the U.S.
If counting sheep has failed you time and time again, try these tips to drift to dreamland.
If your mind is racing uncontrollably while you’re trying to get some rest, keep a journal on your bedside table. When you find yourself plagued by worries, write them down! Processing all of your feelings can help you clear your mind and calm your body. If you can’t stop thinking about everything you need to get done, jot down a to-do list. This will help you vent out all your unwanted nighttime thoughts and prepare yourself for a great night of sleep. Tomorrow is another day — you can tackle your list when the sun comes up.