Try this schedule, offered by the National Sleep Foundation, to help put yourself on the permanent path to a good night's sleep.

Morning:

  • Wake up at the same time each morning refreshed and without help.
  • Have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate if you like it and it doesn't bother you. Eat a nutritious breakfast.
  • Begin work alert with lots of energy and in a good mood.

Afternoon:

  • Have a nutritious lunch.
  • Exercise by late afternoon.
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeinated products.

Evening:

  • Have a nutritious dinner.
  • Stop working and begin to relax before bedtime.
  • Eat a light, healthy snack.
  • Before bed, listen to music, read a novel, take a bath and think about your day, appreciating what you accomplished and whom you touched.
  • Make sure your sleeping environment is cool, quiet, dark and comfortable.
  • Go to bed at your regular time.

Night:

  • Get a good night of 7 to 9 hours in bed with lots of deep sleep without disruptions.

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