5. Exercise in the early evening.
While exercise gets the heart rate going and boosts energy, it also helps you get seriously restful sleep—so long as you give yourself enough winding-down time after your workout. Break a sweat right after work and you’ll have plenty of time to get groggy before bedtime. Bonus: It helps eliminate the stress that might keep your mind busy when it should be snoozing.
6. Eat healthy early evening meals.
Food hangovers happen all the time. In fact, most of us are suffering from one at any given time. Unfortunately, the kind of foods you eat can disrupt sleep, too. While you’re not likely to change your diet just to accommodate sleep, you can and should eat on the early side so your body isn’t overwhelmed trying to digest and dream.
7. Prepare for your day the night before.
Being a morning person doesn’t have to mean you bound out of bed and whiz around. Any sleepy shortcomings you have can be overcome with some advance planning. Get your coffee at the ready, lay out your wardrobe for the day, and make your lunch the night before. Then you’ll have less to do as you drowsily get into your new routine.
8. Reconfigure your bedroom for optimal sleep.
Sleep experts everywhere recommend that you make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. That means you should keep stimulating distractions, such as the TV, smartphone, or computer, out of the bedroom and focus solely on soothing things that are conducive to getting your snooze on.