Many of the key steps to a healthy, happy and longer life are easy, relatively cheap and within reach to almost all of us. Master these three science-based healthy habits and you'll high-five your way to feeling great.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks exercise high on its bucket list of activities. So, if there's one thing in life you can do to live a longer, healthier life, it's exercise.
- Make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable and the room is cool: Between 60 and 67 degrees is best. Don't watch TV or work in your bedroom; you want your brain to think of the room as only for sleep.
- Avoid stimulants (coffee, tea) after 3 p.m. and fatty foods before bedtime.
- Eliminate all lights -- even the blue light of cellphones or laptops can be disruptive. Dull sounds, too. Earplugs or white noise machines can be very helpful, but you can create your own with a humidifier or fan.
- During the day, try to get good exposure to natural light, as that will help regulate your circadian rhythm.
- Establish a bedtime routine you can follow each night. Taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or doing light stretches are all good options.