So now you know your ideal bedtime... what do you do to relax in those precious few hours before hitting the sack? If it's working your way through your DVR lineup, trying to catch up with all your emails or even mindlessly checking FB, you could be sabotaging your chance for a great night's sleep. Studies show that watching TV, checking email and using the computer right before bed significantly affect your body's internal sleep clock, making you more alert rather than calming your mind and body to fall asleep and stay asleep.1
Day Two Challenge: Break away from electronics - turn off your TV and shut down your computer at least one hour before bedtime. Even the glare from your alarm clock can contribute to lost sleep. Instead, grab a book (a real one with pages and everything!) and clear your mind of any distractions. You'll be amazed at how much quicker your eyelids begin to feel heavy!
Tell us what electronic device is going to be the hardest habit to break.
1 NSF Press Release - Sleep in America poll (3.7.11) http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/press-release/annual-sleep-america-poll-exploring-connections-communications-technology-use-