I'm breaking the rule on January fifth, 2010. It's 11:42 PM. I should already be asleep. I should have been quiet and reflecting at 10:30 so that by 11:00 my head was still and my body could repair itself.
It's not easy finding the ideal gift for a person, especially if you're looking to watch your wallet. Luckily, in my world of sleep medicine, there's a lot to be said for giving the gift of a good night's sleep.
What you do with your body throughout the day influences how well you sleep at night. If you put a lot of junk into your body during the day, don't expect the resulting neurochemicals to become nicer at night.
Surely, it's a good idea to avoid chugging espressos after dinner or choosing to sleep beside the tarmac of a busy airport. But what if you're lying awake, tossing and turning in the quiet of a clean, dark room?