The Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, reportedly arrived late to a weekend rally because of a problem sleeping. Join the club: Almost 60 percent of subscribers we surveyed recently said they had trouble sleeping. We’ve got some tips that might help.
Things to do
- Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, including weekends.
- Exercise earlier in the day. Being active during the day does improve sleep at night, but working out within 2 to 3 hours of bedtime can interfere.
- Unwind before bed with something that you find relaxing, such as a warm bath or a good book.
- Use your bed only for sex and sleep.
- Turn off your phone and other electronics, since light-emitting screens discourage sleep.
Things not to do
- Drink caffeine within 6 hours of going to bed.
- Nap after 3 p.m.
- Eat a big meal right before bed.
- Drink alcohol within 4 to 6 hours of bedtime.
Granted, some of these might be hard to accomplish when you're mayor, or running for the job— but all are worth striving for.
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- Bill de Blasio