If you find it hard to fall asleep at night, the problem might not be you. Many of us are over-worked and over-stimulated.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize sleep as increasingly important to public health, there are about 50-70 million adults in the United States living with a sleep or wakefulness disorder.
If you've tried everything you could think of to help you fall asleep, take a look around at your bedroom. There are probably a few, simple changes that can be made to improve your chances at falling - and staying - asleep.
While natural light is excellent for your mental health, especially in the winter months, it's not so great for when you're trying to sleep.
Our brains were built for shutting down when the sun dips below the horizon. But since the invention of fire, we've been staying up later and later. Now that we've got electricity, it's getting harder for our natural circadian rhythms to kick in.
Invest in some black-out curtains too keep the glow of street lights from pouring in.
Ditch Your Electronics
We now know that the blue LED light that emits from our smartphones and televisions can negatively impact our sleep. Depending on how much you feel you need to check it, it might be a good idea to leave your cellphone out of the room when you hit the hay.
Try to make your sleeping space an electronics-free zone. That means no T.V., iPad, cellphone or electronic device in the room at bedtime.
If you really must have your phone in your room, consider putting it on airplane mode, so it doesn't interrupt your beauty rest.
Sometimes we just don't go to bed at the same time as the rest of our family. One way to ensure that you get a sound night's sleep is to invest in things that reduce ambient noise.
Consider buying ear plugs, turning on a quiet fan for some white noise, or purchasing a sound machine with relaxing nature tracks.
Find out four more ways to transform your bedroom into a soothing sleep oasis on the next page!