I don't get enough sleep. I go to bed between 10 and 10:30 on weeknights and my dreaded alarm sounds off at 5:50 am. Even if I sleep through the night, I always feel like I could use more dream time.
Ask all the beauty experts out there and they'll probably all tell you to get more sleep, that sleeping more makes your skin look more radiant, your hair shinier, and reduces some of the effects of aging. But like me, I bet most of you aren't getting enough sleep.
I know one of my problems (along with a super busy schedule) is that I think too much to fall asleep quickly. And tonight, Sunday night, is perhaps the worst week for falling asleep easily. So what's a girl to do?
Here are some tips from Prevention magazine on fighting off insomnia and drifting off to dreamland:
Turn off your mind: Keep yourself from rehashing a stressful day of worries by focusing your thoughts on something peaceful and non-threatening, says Michael Stevenson, Ph.D., a psychologist and clinical director of the North Valley Sleep Disorders Center in Mission Hills, California. Play some soft, soothing music as you drift off or some environmental noise, such as the sound of a waterfall, waves crashing on a beach, or the sound of rain in a jungle. The only rule: Be sure it's not intrusive or distracting.
Eat a light snack before bedtime: Bread and fruit will do nicely an hour or two before you hit the hay, says Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., a psychologist and a professor in the department of psychiatry and research director of the Sleep Center at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. So will a glass of warm milk. Avoid sugary snacks that can excite your system or heavy meals that can stress your body. Use common sense. If you're older, don't drink a lot of fluids before bed, or bathroom duty might call in the middle of the night.