Give Yourself the Gift of Great SleepAre you a chronic sleep skimper? Short sleep can throw off your two appetite-regulating hormones (ghrelin and leptin) in ways that make you eat more, gain more, and get more blood-sugar problems, boosting heart attacks and strokes. Missing sleep also increases body-wide inflammation, which gunks up your arteries and fuels cancer. Could it get worse? Yep. Ignoring your body's clock messes with the sleepy-time hormone melatonin, which doubles as a cancer deterrent. So give your body the gift of better sleep -- and a RealAge that’s up to 3.4 years younger -- with this deep-sleep plan.
Set the Scene for SleepMuch like the way you'd put candles on the table for a romantic dinner, or Luther Vandross on the stereo for a romantic night in, you need to set the mood for sleep. The perfect setup:
A cool, dark room. The lower temp and lack of light signals your body to knock you out for the count.
White noise. Drown out background noise with a fan or a machine that plays sounds of the ocean.
Appropriate attire. Sleepwear should be nonallergenic (both the fabric and what it's washed in) and nonrestricting so you'll feel more relaxed.