3 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (That You Haven’t Tried Yet)

updated May 4, 2019
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You know all the conventional advice: Keep a dark room and lay off the snooze button. But for the stubborn sleepers–the ones who would sooner give up an arm than their snooze button–here are three hacks for getting a good night’s sleep that you might not have heard yet.

Use a Real Alarm Clock

Real talk: Your smartphone is ruining your sleep. Besides the fact that the last thing you see before bed is a bright lit screen, I have to imagine it’s also bad for your snooze habits. Based on my totally scientific survey of one, I find it’s a lot easier to tune out my phone’s alarm tone in half-sleep than a ringing alarm clock–maybe because I’m bombarded with phone noise (mine and others) all day.

Consult Sleepyti.me

Your sleep happens in waves each night–cycles of light and deep sleep that last roughly 90 minutes each. Sleepyti.me is a simple web-based sleep calculator that helps you figure out how to wake up between those cycles. Fill in either the time you need to wake up or when you’re going to bed, and sleepyti.me will spit out the other calculation, making sure you’re set to wake up well-rested during a bit of light snoozing.

Spend Your Day by a Window

Your biology actually has a pretty good handle on this whole sleep thing, and sometimes the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to let your brain handle it on it’s own. Natural light is a big way that our body receives messages about when to wake up and when to go to bed, so sticking by a window (or getting plenty of time outdoors) is a good way to keep your body clock synced up.

What sleep hacks do you use?