To ease into a pleasant slumber:
Take a warm bath a couple of hours before bedtime. The warmth should help you relax. (Don't take a warm bath immediately before bed, however, because your body needs to cool down for you to fall asleep.)
Schedule more time for sleep. Either go to bed earlier or take a nap in the afternoon.
Avoid caffeine late in the day. Drink your last cup of coffee by 4 p.m.
For a relaxing evening drink, try a glass of milk.
Don't do anything energizing close to bedtime. Exercising, paying the bills or anything that causes you to be alert may keep you awake.
Avoid sleeping pills. Changing your behavior works better and is less dangerous in the long run.
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