by Brendan M. Lynch | March 01, 2005
Short on shuteye? Try the following techniques from the National Sleep Foundation ( to get proper rest.
    " Stay on schedule. Keep your body’s circadian clock set by going to sleep and waking at the same times every day.
    " Cultivate soothing habits at bedtime. A relaxing nightly routine a long soak in the tub, snuggling up with a good book or listening to classical music will get you snoozing faster.
    " Create a sleep-friendly environment. A quiet, dark, cool and distraction-free space is ideal for sleep. Eye shades, fans, humidifiers and ear plugs can help make a room slumber-worthy.
    " Don’t eat or drink right before sleeping. Spicy foods can cause heartburn, and too many liquids can send you out of bed to the bathroom during the night.
    " Avoid caffeine and other stimulants before bedtime.
    " Exercise regularly. Staying fit is great for sound sleeping.
    " Avoid cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. Nicotine is a stimulant and might even cause nightmares.
    " Avoid alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol disrupts sleep and causes nighttime restlessness.