There are plenty of reasons why Mondays are our least favorite days of the week. But the extra tiredness you're feeling today? You don't have to feel it tomorrow. We asked sleep experts the best ways to make sure the rest of our week gets off to a more restful start.
Eat a small snack like a scoop of light ice cream with berries or a rice cake with a teaspoon of peanut butter one to two hours before going to bed. New York City nutritionist Joy Bauer says this will trigger your brain to produce the calming neurotransmitter serotonin.
Sleep your way to better skin.
- Kill the lights-including digital clocks, blackberries, computers, and televisions, says Sara Mednick, author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life (Workman Publishing). Blinking light can disturb slumber, and a clock will remind you of how much time you're tossing and turning. "Even a little light can decrease melatonin levels, making it difficult to fall back to sleep," says Mednick.
- Replace your regular