Adequate sleep is an important part of your health and well-being. Changing the way you approach sleep can help you fall asleep early and stay asleep long enough to wake refreshed and ready to face your day, writes Barry Krakow, author of "Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping Through the Night." With a few behavior changes, your body will be ready for sleep early, and you will be able to sleep through the night.
Begin preparing your body for sleep early. According to Krakow, if you dim the lights and reduce the noise level in your home and bedroom, your body will begin mentally preparing to go to bed. Turn your computer and television off, and engage in quiet activities, such as meditation or reading to calm your mind and relax you. Gunther B. Paulien, author of "The Divine Prescription and Science of Health and Healing," recommends a warm shower right before bed as another way to encourage relaxation.