Best Bets at Bedtime: Other Activities
Don't get into your bed until you are nearly ready to be asleep. Closing out the day with a little needlepoint or a book that you enjoy is fine, but don't spend a long time in bed doing a lot of other activities. Use your bed for sleep and sex only, so your brain doesn't think it's time to surf the web or watch television every time you crawl under the covers. The trick to making your sleep routine work is consistency. Stick to a regular schedule, even on weekends and vacations, and your body's sleep and alertness patterns will be stronger.
Be sure to lower the lights and minimize sound in your bedroom when it's time to turn in. The temperature should be slightly cooler, which keeps you comfortable when your body temperature drops a bit during sleep. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable bedclothes. Try to stay on your side with your legs slightly bent when you are nodding off. This position is best for your spine and helps you breathe easily as you sleep. It can even help prevent snoring.