Obviously if you have kids or work double shifts the “no matter what” is a laughable dream, but try to start by going to sleep earlier if you are unable to sleep-in to establish a healthier pattern. Eating foods rich in protein before you go to bed such as nuts, seeds or spirulina combined with a slow burning carbohydrate like brown rice helps tryptophan induce more melatonin (sleep hormone). A mindful practice such as meditation can also help unwind and slow down brain activity after a long day. Lack of sleep can be one of the contributors to heart disease, stroke and elevated blood pressure. Missing even one night of snooze is said to elevate blood pressure in individuals with hypertension for the whole of the next day. It can lead to impaired brain function and make you more susceptible to colds and flu.