On-the-Air: Los Angeles

I am an early riser.  As in by 4:30 a.m. most days, sometimes earlier.  I wake up without an alarm clock, which means that during my frequent trips to the west coast, I'm up and ready to go between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.  I usually follow the same sleep routine whatever time zone I am in, which means I am usually sound asleep by 8 p.m.  That routine definitely keeps me well-rested, even with a crazy schedule.

Sleep is definitely on my mind today, with Daylight Saving Time just hours away (!!!).  I am flying to London tonight, which being several hours ahead of New York, theoretically means I should be able to sleep past 6 a.m.  We'll see!

Before I leaving, I stopped by KCAL-TV in Los Angeles to share a few tips on getting a good night's sleep.  You can check out the segment here.

Sweet dreams!

Catch a Few More ZZZs

On a business trip this week, my husband's hotel room included this handy "tip sheet" for getting a good night's sleep.

Business travelers must be presumed to be sleep-deprived group, as the book on which this promotion is based - The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington - is probably the most visible title on display at airport newsstands and book stores this spring.

Some of these tips are pretty easy for me - especially #3 and #7, since I only drink decaf coffee and tea. 

And while I could definitely do a better job on "unplugging" from electronic devices a little earlier, reading an actual physical book (#6) is like a sleeping pill for me.  No matter how good it is, 10 minutes after I start reading, that book will likely fall with a thud on the floor as I doze off.  (Maybe that's why the stack of nine books on my nightstand never gets any shorter).

I'd be tempted to buy this book, but even though I enjoy her writing - I'd probably be asleep by the end of the first chapter.

Do you find it a challenge to get a good night's sleep?  Which of these work for you?