5 Ways to get More REM Sleep, According to a Sleep Specialist

As someone who loves sleep but doesn't do it nearly enough, I often wake up exhausted, bleary-eyed, and wondering what time I finally fell asleep. This month, though, I decided enough was enough and reached out to a few sleep experts for advice on how to change my sleep schedule, get deeper sleep, and find the elusive REM sleep everyone is always talking about.

The tips are mostly obvious—go to bed earlier, use a comfortable mattress, and don't keep your electronics near your pillow (I'm certainly guilty of that). But the reasons for each were new to me. Did you know that even though alcohol helps you sleep it actually "disrupts your typical sleep cycle and decreases the overall quality of your sleep?" So, no, that nightcap wasn't doing me any favors. Below, find the five rules I've been adhering to for better sleep and why they work.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

FYI: Are you an introvert or extrovert? Science says one sleeps better than the other.