Now that you're hitting the sack 30 minutes earlier, start cultivating a bedtime routine that will set you up for sounder slumber. Use that half hour to unwind with a book, a bath, simple stretching, or any activity that helps you mellow out.
Joining in a water-cooler gab session can get you fired up in the moment -- but may leave you feeling lousy later on, says Kate Hanley, author of "The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide."
"If people are trying to lure you into dishing the dirt, quickly touch your hand to your heart and ask yourself if this is something you really want to spend your time on," she suggests. "In most cases, the answers is probably 'no.'" So when the buzz starts, bow out, disengage, or at the very least, keep your opinions quiet.
When you get home from work, try to keep your surroundings as quiet as possible. "Home is where we relax and recharge," says Hanley. "If it's constantly buzzing with noise -- whether it's TV or kids screaming or dishwashers running -- we're going to be overstimulated." For more soothing sounds, turn on a fan, fountain, or mellow music.
Each day this week, eat five or six small meals rich in fruit, vegetables, and other complex carbs. Supplement with organic, hormone-free animal protein if you want. A typical meal might be three ounces of protein (the size of a smartphone), 1/4 to 1/2 cup carbs (whole grains, sweet potatoes, or fruit), and unlimited nonstarchy vegetables like leafy greens. It might also be an apple with almond butter or a smoothie.
Enjoy lentils with ginger, golden beets, and herbs.