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Sleep is a necessary daily function as vital to survival and preparedness as food and water. Sleep, or a lack of, affects the functioning of almost every function in your body. Temporary lack of sleep can lead to short term cognitive issues involving memory, judgement and/or coordination. Long term sleep disorders can contribute to serious health conditions.

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Signs of poor sleep quality include:
  • Not feeling rested even after getting enough sleep
  • Repeatedly waking up during the night
  • Experiencing symptoms of sleep disorders (such as snoring or gasping for air)

Improving sleep quality may be helped by better sleep habits or being diagnosed and treated for any sleep disorder you may have.

Tips to Get a Good Nights Sleep

Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends

Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature

Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom

Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime

What To Do If You Are Concerned You Might Have a Sleep Problem

Meet with your primary care provider. They can do a careful evaluation of your specific sleep concerns and recommend strategies to improve your sleep.

Learn about sleep hygiene and keep a sleep diary. Sleep hygiene refers to setting up a sleep schedule, routine and environment to improve your chances for better sleep. A sleep diary helps to track when you go to sleep, how long you sleep and how well you sleep. The mobile app, CBT-I Coach, has information and a sleep diary.

Educate yourself on different aspects of sleep. The podcast, "A Better Night's Sleep" is a set of interviews with experts on all topics related to sleep such as sleepwalking, nightmares, parasomnias, etc.

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A Better Nights Sleep Podcast

Episodic podcast covering topics to help you sleep better at night.

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Better Sleep App

A personalized sleep experience for more restful nights and wakeful days. iPhone / Android app featuring calming sounds, meditations and music.

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Improve Your Sleep Guide

This is a comprehensive guide to help Veterans navigate their own struggles with insomnia and improve their sleep.

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Insomnia Coach App

An app created for everyone to help manage insomnia. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

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Chill Drills

Audio drills to help you fall asleep and sleep better.

Common Sleep Disorders

Visit to learn more about these common sleep disorders

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