You’re busy every waking moment, with work, school, family or maybe all of those, and a hundred other things. You go, go, go constantly, your mind and body a flurry of activity. This goes on right up to the point where you get in bed, hoping for a night of blissful sleep. Instead you toss and turn for what seems like hours, your body twitching with nervous energy, your brain racing from one thought to another. What sleep you do get is brief and fitful, and you wake up exhausted, with another busy day ahead of you. Does this sound like you?

If so, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Today’s hectic society causes millions of people to go full tilt, never slowing down until it is bedtime. It is a huge contributor to insomnia and other sleep issues. The fact is, your body doesn’t work like a light switch; you can’t go from full power to a dead stop in the blink of an eye. That is why a nightly wind-down session is a fantastic way to help you sleep better naturally.

Set aside several minutes to an hour prior to your bedtime, during which you purposely relax, ease your mind, and unwind from the tensions of the day. The way you do this is entirely up to you. Drink some cocoa, listen to soothing music, take a bath, or read a book. Think of it as a way to turn your last purchase from the mattress store into a worthwhile investment.

Giving yourself time to wind down will make your waking hours more effective, and it will lead to you being a happier, healthier person. So make every effort to make it a permanent part of your lifestyle. You’ll soon find that you’re not only more rested, you’re also getting more done than you did before.