Back in pre-Edison days, scoring quality sleep wasn’t a big concern. The human body is hardwired to wake when the sun comes up, and when it goes down, our brains respond to darkness by churning out melatonin, the hormone that helps us nod off.
“But then along came artificial light, altering our natural wake-sleep cycle and leaving many of us without the seven to eight steady hours of restful, restorative sleep we typically require,” explains Carmelo Ruiz, D.O., board-certified internist and sleep specialist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
You can’t go back to the days before well-lit distractions like fantasy football and The Daily Show, but you can override these distractions and train your body to stick to a steady sleep schedule so you get the rest you need. These 10 easy tips spell it all out for you.
For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!