Sleep may seem like a waste of time, but research shows you are more likely to succeed at tasks and enjoy greater well-being if you get shuteye.

Sleep is an active and dynamic state that is vital to health. Cutting back by even one hour can slow your response time and make it tough to focus the next day. Insufficient sleep can make you irritable and is linked to trouble with relationships and poor behavior, especially in teens. People who chronically lack sleep are more likely to become depressed. Try these tips for a better night's sleep:

  • Stick to a regular sleep-wake schedule, even on the weekends.
  • Relax before bed- take a warm bath or read for ten minutes.
  • Exercise regularly, but not within 4 hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, large meals and smoking around bedtime. In fact, don't drink caffeinated beverages within six hours of bedtime.
  • In general, don't nap. If you must, it's best to take naps before 3 pm.

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