Healthy Sleep Habits

Quick Tips for Better Sleep

Getting better sleep is a common goal, but it can be hard to know where to start. Too often suggestions for sleep improvement require these sweeping life changes that just aren’t realistic for most people. 

It’s time to move away from one-size-fits-all recommendations. You have your own personal needs when it comes to sleep and your own daily life that affects what you can and can’t do. Real sleep improvement plans have to start by meeting you where you’re at, with enough flexibility to help you build actual change.

We’ve put together a quick list of sleep tips that you can use when you’re out and about or when you’re winding down for bed. We’re not asking you to boil the ocean here, just look for a few things on our list that feel right and easy for you to try. Start small with what you can do, build them into a routine, and try adding new tips as you get comfortable. Little changes can add up to big improvements over time if you stick with them.

In-Depth Sleep Tips

If you’re looking for even more information about tips for better sleep, we’ve put together a deeper library of sleep tips you can actually use. We explain the big picture for each tip and help you dive into details, including what steps you can take, why they work, and how to adapt them to your life. 

Remember that these tips are not universal. The steps that help the most can vary from person to person based on what is most practical and best addresses their specific sleep problems. Keep your personal sleep needs in mind to help you find the tips that will help you the most.

14 Nights To Better Sleep

With our 14 Nights to Better Sleep program, you will receive sleep tips and challenges via email for 14 consecutive nights.

Over those two weeks, we’ll cover what you need to know about improving your sleep habits over time. You’ll also receive four daily challenges intended to help you adopt a healthy bedtime routine, get enough sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed each morning.

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Implementing Sleep TIps

To actually benefit from sleep tips, you need to work them into your daily life. Making these changes isn’t always easy, but here are some basic ideas that can help you make real progress toward better sleep.

  • Work together with a partner: If you have a bed partner, it’s important to discuss any sleep-related changes with them to make sure that you’re on the same page. While your sleep preferences may differ, look for ways to compromise and support each other.   
  • Start small: Build momentum and confidence with small changes. Starting small lets you try new habits and see how well they work without getting overwhelmed. As time goes on you can build upon these gradual changes to keep improving your sleep. 
  • Be patient and stick with it: When trying out different sleep tips, you may not see the benefits right away. Keep in mind that it may take weeks or months before you get used to a new habit, but sticking with your plan can pay off over time.
  • Be kind to yourself: No one is perfect, and there will be days when you may not be able to carefully follow your plan for better sleep. Set realistic expectations, and try not to be too self-critical if you have difficulty sleeping. 
  • Consult with your doctor: Some sleep problems can’t be resolved with sleep tips alone. If your sleep difficulties are persistent, severe, or significantly affect your daytime alertness or performance, you should talk with a doctor who can provide specific guidance for your situation.

1 Sources

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