A recent news report was centered around something most of us already know; many of us don't get enough sleep and it is causing problems in our life. The report said that a frightening number of people claimed to fall asleep while driving and most people complained of having difficulty getting through their days. But you don't have to give in to sleeplessness, there are some simple things you can do to get a good nights sleep.

There are many reasons that may be contributing to your inability to get enough sleep. Some of them are things that you can do something about, while others are largely out of your control.

Its' important for your overall health  and safety to do everything you can to ensure that you get the amount of sleep you need so you can function at your best. Most of us have been told that we need 8 hours a night, and that is a good place to start. But not everyone is the same and ultimately you want to get enough sleep so you can function at your best, how ever much sleep that is.

Try these tips to start getting a more restful nights sleep without taking pills:

1. Try to spend a little time before you go to bed unwinding. Turn off the t.v. and just relax and unwind.  I used to have a bad habit of waiting to feed the dogs and throw some dishes in the dishwasher right before bed.

The problem was that I was so hyper I had a hard time falling asleep. Now my routine has changed and I allow myself 15 to 20 minutes of quiet time before I go to bed. Now I fall asleep much more quickly.

2. Do not do activities in bed that you shouldn't be doing in bed. This means no computer, cell phones, or tablets. Keep your bed as a place that you sleep in (one other fun activity is ok!).

3. The last thing you want is to be awoken in the middle of the night. To avoid this try not to have your cell phone right next to your bed. If you must have it in your room (for example, you don't have a land line and rely solely on a cell phone) at least try to put it on vibrate or make darn sure that people know not to call after 10 p.m. except for an emergency.

4. Stay away from caffeinated drinks within a few hours of bed. You will have to find out your limits, for me, I don't dare have coffee after 3 or it will keep me awake.

5. Get a comfortable mattress and pillow. Adding body pillows is a great way to keep your spine in alignment which can not only help you sleep better but also help you wake up without back pain.

Sleeplessness can be overcome, in most cases pretty easily. Just by changing some habits you can notice an improvement in your sleeping patterns, start tonight.