If you consider sleep a luxury or live by the motto “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” let this be your wake-up call. When you don’t get enough zzz’s, all aspects of your health fall apart, including your gut health, metabolism, sports performance and productivity.
So how much sleep do you really need? And what are the best ways to overcome insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep-related issues? It’s time to take a closer look at everything from your bedroom setup to your diet and exercise routine. With these expert-backed tips, you’ll check exhaustion at the door and start cozying up to better sleep.
30 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight
How to Create a Bedtime Ritual You Can Follow
If you stay up late and wait to feel tired to go to sleep, you’re doing it all wrong. Instead, set a shutdown alarm to alert you when it’s time to go to bed. Check out these pro tips on how to wind down effectively, and score a more consistent sleep schedule.
Whether it’s stress or a more serious health condition, many people struggle to sleep for different reasons. Adopt these healthy sleep habits to help you snooze soundly.
When meditation apps just won’t do, these soothing GIFs will cue you to inhale and exhale and lull you to bed like a lullaby.
You work out and eat healthy, but the scale just won’t budge? Your late-night routine might be to blame, so follow these tips to get consistent zzz’s.
Don’t lose sleep due to wanderlust. Try these traveler-tested tips to get the best night’s sleep when you’re away from home.
Chamomile tea and bedtime stories don’t work for everyone, but here’s what you can do to finally pass out and get quality shut-eye you so need.
Hint: It’s not just your wine nightcap. Avoid these surprising sleep snatchers, and you’ll have better chances of drifting off to dreamland.
How to Give Your Bedroom a Makeover
Your bedroom is your sleep sanctuary. Make sure it’s low on zzz’s-thieving devices and high on hygge (aka coziness). Here, we highlight some feng shui tips that can help infuse some zen into your bedroom. You’ll be surprised how much more rested you feel with the right mattress, colors, images and even positioning of your bed.
Does your bed directly face the door? If you’re guilty of this and other common feng shui mistakes, you could be losing your ticket to dream world.
If you wake up with the sweats or with neck and back pain, it might be time to change your mattress. Use this checklist to find out what kind of mattress is right for you.
These mattresses are equipped with special features like customizable foam support and infrared lights for better circulation and muscle recovery.
Want less stress in your life? Fill your home with relaxation-forward finds. See our top picks for meditation pillows, essential oil diffusers and other zen must-haves.
How to Address Sleep Issues, Stat
Sometimes getting better sleep is much more complicated than simply going to bed earlier. Maybe you’re jet lagged from travel, or working later than usual to meet a tough deadline. Or, maybe you’re dealing with a more serious health issue, like insomnia and sleep apnea, which can also rob you of much-needed shut-eye. Instead of throwing down a pillow fight, it’s time to get to the root of your sleep problem and have the sweet dreams you deserve.
These sleep hacks can help you keep your circadian rhythm — your body’s natural sleep cycle — in check and get on a steady slumber schedule.
Insomnia is a chronic sleep disorder that stems from a variety of mental and health issues. Keep these helpful facts in mind.
Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious health condition that’s been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. Find out how to treat it.
If you’re always craving a nap or sip on coffee all day to stay awake, then you’re definitely not getting enough shut-eye. Here are other bleary-eyed habits you need to address.
When you’re in a different time zone, it can be difficult to fall asleep, much less get eight hours. Follow these expert tips to sleep better while traveling.
We’ve all had those nights when you got only four hours of sleep. Can snoozing extra hours make up for the sleep you lost the night before? Find out here.
There are pros and cons of sleeping on your side, back or stomach. Here’s what your sleep position says about the quality of zzz’s you get.
How to Enhance Your Zzz’s
Nope, we aren’t recommending popping pills. But what’s shelling out a few dollars on a set of comfy pillows, melatonin-inducing LED lights or a sleep tracker in the name of better sleep? These special gadgets, meditation apps and sound machines will gear you up for the best slumber of your life.
When counting sheep doesn’t work, these tools, sheets and gadgets will help make falling and staying asleep easier.
From softer, more breathable pillows to next-level sleep trackers, these snooze enhancers can help set you up for success.
Kelsey Patel, a reiki master and meditation healer, created these three five-minute meditations to help release tension in the body and mind.
Melatonin can induce sleep, but it won’t necessarily help you stay asleep (and it affects everyone differently). Here’s what you need to know.
What if you could control what happens in your dreams? That’s exactly what lucid dreaming is. Learn how it helped one writer nod off Inception-style.
How to Make the Perfect Nightcap
If you’re wondering how you can help improve the quality of your sleep, look no further than your gut. As the “second brain,” your microbiome holds essential nutrients for optimal slumber. While we love de-stressing with a glass of wine once in a while, your Malbec nightcap might be hurting your sleep stats. Instead, consider the sleep-promoting snacks and smoothies listed below.
Your gut is responsible for producing 95 percent of your body’s serotonin, the building block for melatonin. So when you don’t have enough of it, sleep issues may arise.
Craving a bedtime snack? Instead of munching on milk and cookies, enjoy these savory, sweet and creamy dishes to knock you right out.
A creamy smoothie packed with potassium- and magnesium-rich foods is the remedy for sleeplessness. Whip up one of these delicious drinks before you hit the hay.
Certain minerals and vitamins influence your sleep patterns and help your body get the rest it needs. These nighttime nibbles are only 200 calories and provide a dose of sleep-inducing nutrients.
How to Revamp Your Evening Workout Routine
Early birds aren’t the only ones that get the worm! Working out in the evening helps you de-stress. But because exercise can increase cortisol levels — the stress hormone — falling asleep can block snooze-triggering melatonin. Follow these tips to avoid post-workout insomnia.
Sometimes you have no choice but to squeeze in a sweat session late in the evening. So to avoid post-workout insomnia, follow these tips to wind down with ease.
Downward dog your way to REM by incorporating these yoga poses into your bedtime routine. You’ll ease tension, calm the mind and sleep better.
Who says you can’t meditate while you work out? These three moving meditations from Holly Rilinger will help you catch your breath so you can lunge deeper, squat lower — and snooze better.
In restorative yoga, you hold each pose for at least five minutes to deepen the stretch. Use a bolster, like a pillow or folded blanket, to relax into each position.