A bad night of sleep can make you feel awful for days, which is especially terrible if you鈥檙e working hard to nail your confidence and earn a promotion, have social聽plans that you鈥檒l hate to cancel or are finally聽on an epic adventure in聽an out-of-this-world聽National Park that you鈥檝e been dying聽to explore. Though getting good sleep isn鈥檛 always super controllable, we talked with a handful of experts to figure out the聽things that you can聽adjust to catch even more meaningful Zzz鈥檚. Scroll on for their suggestions and get ready to relax, rest and repeat 鈥 no counting sheep required.

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1. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule. It might not be super obvious, but training yourself to wind down and wake up at similar times every day can help a ton when it comes to getting your best sleep. Dr. Robert Oexman, the Director of the Sleep to Live Institute, says, 鈥淎t night, you want to decrease light and activity, while in the morning, you want to increase light and activity. It鈥檚 all about zeitgebers, which are environmental cues that reset your internal clock. 聽That includes light, exercise, when you eat and even when you brush your teeth. 聽Your typical routines around waking up and falling asleep are zeitgebers.鈥 Well, that pretty much explains it!

2. Invest in a seriously good mattress. We recently learned that a good mattress can make a huge difference in your physical health and quality of sleep. Spend some time to figure out what you need in one to sleep your best, which might vary depending on 鈥測our sleeping position and what you like in terms of firmness and thickness,鈥 says Adam Tishman, who cofounded Helix Sleep.

3. Swap out your sheets. It鈥檚 not new news that sheets can make or break how soft your bed is, but did you ever realize that they can contribute to how warm you feel too? If you wake up tossing and turning while throwing covers off, consider investing in sheets that feel cool and crisp. Rich and Vicki, the husband and wife team who founded Brooklinen, agree, and suggest opting for Egyptian Cotton as the best choice. 鈥淚t鈥檚聽remarkably breathable, which is the key to maintaining an聽ideal temperature for a great night鈥檚 sleep,鈥 they tell us.

4. Ease up on the caffeine. Drop the coffee and matcha tea at least SIX hours before you plan to fall asleep and try not to overdo it on caffeinated treats, like chocolate, four hours before bed, as caffeine stays in your blood for hours and can totally impact your ability to fall asleep. Yikes!

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5. Power down BEFORE聽you get into bed. We know that weaning yourself off of your devices or watching Netflix from bed sounds horrible, but experts tell us it will make a really big difference in terms of helping you relax. The silver lining? You can treat your inner bookworm to some new titles. Christopher Lindholst, the CEO of MetroNaps, says, 鈥淜eep a stack of magazines you want to catch up on by your bedside and turn off your devices before you get into bed.聽That means NO screens, social media or streaming movies. Just read a little from your stack. As soon as you find your eyes getting heavy, put it down and turn off the light.鈥 Ahh, bliss.

6. Try a聽cold shower. The sleep experts at Helix Sleep also suggested trying a cold shower instead of a warm one as a helpful聽way to wind down before bed. The reason? 鈥淣ot only will you climb under the covers clean and refreshed, the cold shower will actually help to bring down your core temperature.鈥澛燱ho knew?

7. Keep your room temp comfortable. According to the sleep experts,聽68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most sleepers. Figure out which temp works well for you, so you can control your environment and rest easy.

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