Q: What can I do to get better sleep?
A: Sleep in a cool, dark room to kick up melatonin production, a hormone that helps you sleep.
Move laptops and food out of the bedroom. It isn't an office or a restaurant.
Add white noise. Use a fan or an alarm clock that plays audio. Sounds from the rain forest or the ocean can drown out other noises that might keep you awake.
Dim your lights for a little while before bed to avoid the stimulation caused by artificial light pollution. Light emitted through TV and computers affects us even if we don't realize it.
Follow a predictable schedule. Even on the weekends, try to rise within an hour (at most, two) of when you get up on normal weekdays.
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Michael F. Roizen, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology, Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He has co-founded 12 companies, including the popular websites RealAge.com and YOUBeauty.com.
Mehmet C. Oz, MD, is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His TV show—The Dr. Oz Show— recently won its third Emmy, with Dr. Oz his second as the best daytime talk show host.
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