The Bible says: “Better is a handful of rest than a double handful of hard work and striving after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6) Without proper sleep, your performance will nosedive!

“If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m out of it. I have trouble focusing on anything!”​—Rachel, 19.

“At about 2:00 p.m., I get so tired that I could almost fall asleep in the middle of a conversation!”—Kristine, 19.

Do you need to get more sleep? Here’s what some of your peers have done.

Avoid late nights. I’ve been making an effort to get to bed at a decent hour,” says 18-year-old Catherine.

Cut out the chatter. Sometimes friends will call or text me really late,” says Richard, aged 21, “but I’ve recently learned to end the conversation and just go to sleep.

Aim for consistency. Lately,” says 20-year-old Jennifer, “I’m trying to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

Secret to Success: Strive to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

You have everything to gain by taking just a few simple steps to get more sleep. Remember, having good health will help you to look better, feel great, and perform at your best.

Unlike certain things in life, your physical condition is something over which you do have a degree of control. “In the end,” says 19-year-old Erin, “your health depends on only one person​—you.