How to get to sleep easily at night before an early call

Here are some tried-and-true tips from experts on how to ease those “please-let-me-get-to-sleep” worries.

First, don't try to go to bed at 9 p.m. because that may be way too early for your body clock, unless you're a morning person. It merely causes you to worry.

1. Don’t try for the impossible

Being stressed about sleeping is “a huge barrier from getting refreshing sleep,”

2. Meditation, mindfulness and breathing

As soon as that much too early alarm goes off, Zee said, switch on the bright lights. That lets your brain know it's daytime and aids in stopping the creation of melatonin.

3. Introduce daylight

If possible, schedule a 20 to 30 minute power nap for that day in the early afternoon, and then do your best to get to bed earlier that night.

4. Plan a power nap

Avoid consuming caffeine after lunch and avoid alcohol near bedtime, “as both can disrupt sleep,”

5. Avoid alcohol and sweets

*   Don’t turn the light on. *  Try to calm down *  Do not check your email or text messages. *  Meditate or relax

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