The Sleep Plan for the Middle of the Night

Learn the techniques you need to get back to sleep.

The Sleep Plan for the Middle of the Night

With bright screens and late-night distractions on the rise, it’s no wonder that many Americans struggle to get good-quality sleep. Many lie awake in their bed hours after hitting the sack silently wishing they would just fall asleep, while others awaken in the middle of the night and can’t get their eyes to close again. If you frequently find yourself in either of these situations, try this sleep action plan to get back in bed in the middle of the night.

Don’t Stay in Bed

Once you’ve tried to fall asleep for 15 minutes in bed, it’s time to get out. That’s because staying in bed for more than 15 minutes while you’re awake starts to send your brain the message that your bed isn’t just a place to sleep. That can hinder your efforts to fall asleep during future nights. After 15 minutes of trying to sleep, it’s time to get up until your body feels ready for bed again. Once you start to feel sleepy, go back to your bed.

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