Scientists don’t know why we sleep.  But we know one thing: without sleep, we can’t live a long and healthy life.  Just one night of tossing and turning leaves us moody, and when days turn to weeks, we get issues with our heart and immune health.  Another impact sleep deprivation has on us is an increase in car accidents.  So really, missing out on sleep isn’t just unhealthy.  It’s dangerous.  Here’s what you can do to get a good night’s rest.

1. Exercise

Need another reason to hit the gym?  Exercise can help you fall asleep faster and longer.  One of the reasons for this is that exercise alleviates stress which can keep you up at night.

2. Enjoy the Silence

Part of your sleep routine should include quiet time.  Unplug from all electronics and do something relaxing, like reading a book or taking a warm bath.  The silence gets your mind ready for bed.

3. Journal

If you can’t sleep because there’s a lot on your mind, hop out of bed and write it down.  Write about the way you’re feeling and what might be causing it.  Journaling helps you process your thoughts and feelings.

4. Keep It Consistent

Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekends.  And if you had a rough night, resist the urge to hit snooze!  A consistent sleep schedule trains your body when to go to bed and when to be awake.

5. Get Out of Bed

You want to associate your bed with sleep only—not with restless nights of tossing and turning.  So if you can’t sleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing.