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Need Sleep? 15 Simple Ways to Get Better Sleep

Sleep betterYou're tired.

You don't need Arianna Huffington, the government or me to tell you why it's important to get sleep.

You know you need it but have trouble getting enough of it. Maybe you have too much to do, maybe it's restlessness or insomnia or maybe you do get enough hours of sleep but still feel tired. Whatever your reasons, you just want to sleep better.

I completely understand.

I'm often sleep deprived because I stay up to get stuff done. Even when I try to sleep, my mind is on all the things I want to accomplish and I find myself at my computer working into the early morning. At the same time, I recognize that I spend many days being distracted and tired. This negative cycle began to change after I read sleep expert Shawn Stevenson's book, Sleep Smarter. He makes a strong case for sleep and shares some simple tips that have helped me get more sleep yet still stay productive.

Here are my favorites:

Tip #1 - Schedule sleep on your calendar. Each sleep cycle is about 90 minutes so you want to schedule 6 hours, 7.5 hours or 9 hours of sleep or else you'll risk waking up groggy.

Tip #2 - Reframe sleep as a reward - see it as something you GET to do, not HAVE to do.

Tip #3 - Try to get some sun everyday for at least 30 minutes every morning.

Tip #4 - Turn off all screens at least 90 minutes before bedtime.

Tip #5 - Cut caffeine after 12pm.

Tip #6 - Keep your bedroom cool (optimal temperature is 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit). Wear socks if you get cold.

Tip #7 - Try to sleep around 10-11pm. Shawn calls this the "money time" when it comes to sleep. Also, remember that it's important to keep your sleep schedule consistent.

Tip #8 - Eat whole foods and more proteins and fats over carbs. Avoid drinking 3 hours and eating 90 minutes before you go to bed.

Tip #9 - Use an air ionizer or humidifier or open windows to get good air flow. Getting plants can help as well.

Tip #10 - Make sure your bedroom triggers sleep. Create a relaxed and calm room by using blackout curtains and keeping work and electronics away from the bedroom.

Tip #11 - Exercise in the morning or late afternoon. Remember that muscles grow from restorative sleep not just from training. Like sleep, schedule your workouts.

Tip #12 - Get a good mattress and know your preferred sleeping position.

Tip #13 - Meditate right after you wake up or when you go to bed to clear any mental clutter. When trying to sleep, relax your body with this technique.

Tip #14 - Wake up when the sun rises and go to bed around same time each night, (give or take 30 minutes). If you have trouble waking up early, try these ideas.

Tip #15 - Wear loose clothing or nothing at all when sleeping.

Pick and choose the tips that work for you and your lifestyle. Find ways to measure how you feel each day so you can gauge which changes work best for you.

What practical sleeping tips have worked for you? Please share them in the comments section.

Here is a bonus infographic for you on sleep:


Photo by Magdalena

Robert Chen

Robert Chen is the founder of Embrace Possibility and author of The Dreams to Reality Fieldbook. He helps people who feel stuck move forward by guiding them to see other possibilities for their lives. He specializes in working with high performers get to the next level. If you're going through a tough time right now, check out Robert's article on How to Feel Better Right Away and if you're having trouble getting what you want out of life, check out How to Always Achieve Your Goals.

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2017-07-14T17:58:52+00:00 Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |10 Comments


  1. Michelle Henry September 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I agree with you about eliminating screen time before bed. It’s hard to do with how accessible technology is, but definitely a huge step in the right direction for healthy sleep habits.

    Michelle H.

    • Robert Chen September 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      It’s definitely not easy removing not screen time especially smart phones. I try to keep my phone in an annoying to reach place so it’s hard to access it.

  2. brianna January 3, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    i cant stop going on my iphonelabtop. it keeps me awake, plus, i think cant fall asleep easy. i fall asleep at 1:00 or 2:00 am

    • Robert Chen January 3, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

      It’s tough to be off devices at night Brianna. Perhaps you can experiment with keeping off your devices an hour before you go to bed for 1 day a week?

  3. Austin January 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Another good tip is to find a product that helps you sleep. That could be the right pillow, a sleep mask, earplugs for sleeping, etc. One product that is useful in many ways is the Neuroon sleep mask – it’s a smart sleep mask that can help you take power naps, fix your sleep cycle, and just help your overall sleep hygiene. Worth checking out! – http://helpfulsleep.com/neuroon-review-best-smart-sleep-mask/

  4. Josh August 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Hey, so I have trouble falling asleep I normally won’t get tired until about 12 A.M. to 1 A.M. I have tried keeping electronics away for an hour, listened to relaxing sounds quietly, with my eyes closed and being at a comfortable temperature for hours on end. I also do not really have any drinks besides water or seltzer water.

    Thanks for any help,

    • Robert Chen September 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Josh – thanks for sharing. Beyond the technique in the article and the tips in the links at the bottom of the article, I don’t have any additional advice. Did the breathing technique work for you?

  5. Dianna December 10, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Hey, Im 13 years old and when I was 12, just this August (I think) i had 2 weeks of suffering from bad sleeps and I didn’t know what to do. I cried everytime I see my roommates sleeping soundly and yet I’m still awake and cannot sleep. But after that, when school started, my good sleeping pattern went back. Unfortunately, now, it is starting again. Last day, I couldn’t sleep regardless how much I move or do some methods. Please help me because I don’t want to suffer again with weeks of not having proper sleep! I even pray so I can go back to sleep but, huhuhu, my tears would just fall down if I cannot sleep at night. Today, I went to school without any sleep. Please tell me what to do! 😭

    • Robert Chen December 11, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Dianna – sorry to hear about your frustrating experience with your sleep schedule. Beyond the tips in this article and my other article (http://www.embracepossibility.com/blog/tired-but-unable-to-sleep/), I’m not sure how else to help. If this persists, you might want to speak with your doctor or a sleep professional.

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