Hey, Mr. de Blasio, can't sleep?

Consumer Reports has some tips

Published: November 04, 2013 04:30 PM

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The Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, reportedly arrived late to a weekend rally because of a problem sleeping. Join the club: Almost 60 percent of subscribers we surveyed recently said they had trouble sleeping. We’ve got some tips that might help.  

Things to do

  • Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, including weekends.
  • Exercise earlier in the day. Being active during the day does improve sleep at night, but working out within 2 to 3 hours of bedtime can interfere.
  • Unwind before bed with something that you find relaxing, such as a warm bath or a good book.
  • Use your bed only for sex and sleep.
  • Turn off your phone and other electronics, since light-emitting screens discourage sleep.

Read more about how to cope with sleep problems, our Best Buy Drugs recommendations for sleeping pills, and see our Ratings and reviews of mattresses

Things not to do

  • Drink caffeine within 6 hours of going to bed.
  • Nap after 3 p.m.
  • Eat a big meal right before bed.
  • Drink alcohol within 4 to 6 hours of bedtime.

Granted, some of these might be hard to accomplish when you're mayor, or running for the job— but all are worth striving for.

—Doug Podolsky


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