10 Self-Care Tips To Help You Sleep, According To Science

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Falling asleep soundly — and staying asleep throughout the entire night — is a struggle for many people: Research suggests at least 40 million Americans live with a chronic, diagnosable sleep disorder, and another 20 million experience occasional sleep issues. Sleep issues can, of course, be caused by mental health disorders and stress, but not sleeping can, in turn, exacerbate them: Going without snoozing, even for just one night, can seriously mess with your mental health and cognitive function.

Enter: The importance of self-care. Though the definition of "self-care" can wildly vary from person to person, the majority of the time, self-care may look like simply doing the basics. This could mean eating three balanced meals, getting seven to eight hours of sleep, or cleaning up your apartment. Incorporating self-care activities into your daily routine that foster relaxation, as well as a sense of calm and ease, can be super valuable — especially if you struggle with sleep problems. Luckily, research has shown that certain self-care strategies are proven to induce sleepiness. If you're in need of some quality sleep, here are 10 self-care tips and tricks scientifically proven to make you feel sleepier, so you can finally catch some Zzzs.