Experts are always touting the importance of sleep—small comfort if, like me, you struggle to clock the requisite 7-8 hours every day. I’ve had intermittent insomnia for as long as I can remember, and oftentimes I find myself going to bed and staying up to the wee hours because my mind and body are still wired. In honour of May being Better Sleep Month, sleep startup Casper has asked me to share my tips for a better night’s sleep. Read on to find out what works for me!

Stop drinking caffeine after 3pm. I try to limit my coffee intake to a grande dark roast in the AM, and maybe an afternoon cappuccino if I need a pick-me-up. Anything beyond that and I’m guaranteed a sleepless night.

Get plenty of exercise during the day. If I push myself hard in 2-4 Bar Method classes a week and go salsa dancing, and throw in some walking and light activity in between, I’m usually knackered enough to sleep soundly.

Give yourself plenty of “wind-down time” before bed. Some people can put away work and zonk out right away, but I’m not one of them—I need at least 1-2 hours for my mind to let go of the day and just relax in the evenings, whether it’s by watching a movie, reading a book, or colouring….

This is an excerpt from the article Bonne Nuit: My Tips For A Better Night's Sleep which originally appeared on http://sololisa.com.