Go to bed early. The sleep that you get before midnight is best for your body. Dr. Day suggests that you go to bed so you are asleep by 10 pm. This is because the body is in its healing mode during the hours before midnight. Melatonin produced signals the body to use its resources to heal.
Sleep in a completely darkened room. Even a night light will reduce the amount of Melatonin produced by the brain. The experience of those who are recovering is that they are able to go to sleep faster, sleep more soundly and arise refreshed earlier as their body heals. Typically, the patient is amazed at their renewed vitality with improved vision, more energy, and feeling better rested with less sleep.