1. Prioritize the quality of your sleep.
Making sleep a top priority is at the top of this list for good reason. We don't often realize that sleep is an essential as our exercise routines or a healthy meal. In fact, we cannot survive long without sleep.
Decide now that quality sleep is critical to you and recognize that getting there will take some effort, and likely some changes in your life.
This is perhaps a good place to pause and recognize that some of us struggle with insomnia, a sleep disorder that should receive treatment beyond the tips on this list. According to the National Sleep Foundation, Insomnia is considered chronic when it occurs at least three nights a week for three months or more.
2. Recognize your unique sleep needs.
You've likely heard that we need 8 hours of sleep a night. This is a good rule-of-thumb, but in reality not all of us require eight hours. Some of us need less than that, while others need more. Work out the level of rest you need. A good place to start is by recording how much sleep, on average, you are currently getting. You can download sleep tracking apps for your phone, or purchase dedicated wearable devices to track sleep.
3. Keep to a regular routine.
We all love to stay up late sometimes, or maybe you love to sleep in late even more. Unfortunately, a shifting schedule can lead to sleepless nights. Our bodies love routine.
Going to bed at the same time each night – and waking up at the same time each morning – will program your body for sleep.