Health reviews sleep hygiene best practices that can help people fall asleep faster.
Commit to a consistent bedtime and wake time. It might be tempting to stuff your sleep into any gaps of time you have, which can include sleeping later and longer whenever possible, but that’s counterproductive. Instead, aim for a sleep schedule, the Mayo Clinic says. That helps get you in the routine of getting enough sleep. And here’s a biggie: Your weekend routine shouldn’t deviate from your weekday schedule very much, the CDC explains. It might be tough to pull off, but it’s worth a try.
Limit the time you spend napping. Naps are so delicious—they’re an afternoon treat that can help you get through the rest of the day. But if you’re finding that you’re more awake at night than you’d like, it might be time to let them go. Or, if you’re committed to naps, make sure that they don’t exceed 30 minutes each day, and consider moving them so they don’t happen too late in the afternoon, the Mayo Clinic suggests.