Are you getting enough sleep? A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that roughly a third of Americans are getting less than six hours a night.
Meanwhile, one-third of workers say that lack of sleep has impacted them on more than 10 working days during the last year, according to a report I read in The Dallas Morning News. Lower productivity, weight gain and higher mortality are just a few of the repercussions of losing your nightly shut-eye.
The premium bedding industry and the pharmaceutical companies have both gotten rich providing supposed solutions to the sleep dilemma. Below are some cheap ways to ensure you get a better night of rest. Visit the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at SleepEducation.com for more tips.
- Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m.
- Don’t have more than one glass of wine, beer or other alcohol.
- Don’t discuss money with your significant other just before bedtime.
- Don’t place your smart phone by your bed to respond to e-mails.
- Don’t watch TV before bedtime.
- Get into bed half an hour early and read a calming book.
- Exercise regularly.
Editor’s note: This segment originally aired May 25, 2012.