What Should I Do If I Can’t Sleep?


What Should I Do If I Can’t Sleep?

Some people struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired they are. Others wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours. 

If you find yourself lying awake in bed thinking about everything from work to whether it’s your turn to walk the dog in the morning, try this:

During the day:

  • Get up at the same time each day. This helps your body get on a schedule.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Avoid naps. Or keep them very short.
  • Be active.
  • Manage stress.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if your medicines are keeping you awake.

A couple of hours before bedtime:

  • Avoid using a computer, cell phone, or TV. The light can make your brain think it’s time to be awake.
  • Avoid working or being very active. 
  • Follow a bedtime routine that helps you wind down

At bedtime:

  • Go to bed at the same time each day. This helps your body get on a schedule.
  • Don’t pressure yourself to fall asleep. Keep clocks and watches out of sight so you don’t think about time passing.
  • If you don’t think you will fall asleep soon, get out of bed. Do something relaxing for a while
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