Getting enough good sleep is a baseline requirement for good health. A nightly reset, where the brain is allowed to rest and also organize the events of the day (which is how we develop long-term memory), reduces risks for heart problems, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and weakened arteries—especially in women. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you're having trouble getting enough quality sleeping hours, try making a few of these changes.
Start by getting on a regular meal schedule, which gives your body plenty of breaks from active digestion. Also, consider moving your highest calorie meal to the middle of the day. Big meals prolong digestion, which interferes with sleep.