Better Sleep by Labor Day
WebMD tells you how to combat insomnia during the lazy, hazy days of summer -- and beyond.
From Better Sleep to Better Health
During week two, you'll evaluate what you have done during week one -- what works, what doesn't.
"Week three and four are for ingraining good habits," Breus says. The big action items during week three: Pinpointing the relaxation techniques that work best for you and practicing them on a regular basis and keeping a worry journal. "Any anxieties -- problems and solutions -- are written out, so you don't have to worry about them during the night," he explains.
During week four you'll identify anything that is still disturbing your sleep. "If you still haven't had much luck in achieving sound sleep, it's time to look more seriously for other sources of problems such as herbal supplements that have 'hidden' caffeine," Breus says.
If this sounds like a lot of work just to get a little extra shut-eye, consider the rewards, he adds. "Better sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. It's a prescription for rejuvenating your mind and body, improving your sex life, increasing your energy reserves and vitality, and helping you lose weight and keep it off."