New Study Claims to Find the Formula to Sleep Better

A new survey asked people who sleep well to give up their secrets, and we’re not surprised to find that those secrets line up with most of the advice we give at

The survey was conducted by Consumer Reports.  It asked questions of 8,900 people who reported having few sleep problems in the prior 30 days.  It found that those people were likely to exercise during the day, keep a regular sleep schedule and unwind before going to bed.  Here’s a look at why those practices are a recipe for a better night’s sleep:

Exercise: Individuals who are in better shape are simply more healthy and are not full of untapped energy.  It’s not surprising to hear that healthier people sleep better.

Sleep Schedule: Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every night is one of the most important things you can do to reduce sleep problems.  Taking it one step further, you can create a sleep routine, wherein every night before bed you do the same thing.

Unwind before bed: As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of things you can do to before bed to signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.  As part of your sleep routine, you can take a warm (not hot) bath, read a book, listen to calming music or write in a journal.

Following these simple steps can go a long way to making sure you sleep well as often as possible.

Source: Washington Post