We all know how important sleep is for our health and sanity. But nearly 9 million Americans rely on prescription sleeping pills to get their much-needed rest.
There are some things you can do to help you fall asleep without a trip to the pharmacy.
Create a sanctuary. Keep your bedroom cool and dark. Invest in a comfortable bed with nice sheets.
Turn off the technology. Your bedroom should be for relaxation and sleeping only.
Stick to a schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
Exercise. A good workout during the day promotes a good slumber at night.
Consider a bedtime ritual. Read a book or take a bath before bed.
If you still have trouble falling asleep, it's time to consult your doctor.