I have been working to create a tool to guide you to your first actionable step towards better sleep. 

The What Is Your First Step to Better Sleep? quiz is for those of you who know that you need better sleep but you are overwhelmed by all of the information out there.

Based on your answers, you’ll be put onto one of five pathways to better sleep and get subsequent action steps to get started on your journey. 

Modify Your Mindset. Your sleep mindset is the collection of beliefs and feelings you have about sleep. It’s shaped by life circumstances and society’s messages about the importance of work and the unimportance of sleep. 

Refine Your Routine. What you do (or don’t do) and when you do it throughout the day can catch up with you when it’s time to get into bed. 

Subdue Your Stress. Many of us function in a near constant state of fight, flight or freeze. In order to help our bodies leave the fight, flight or freeze state, we need to complete the stress cycle. Stress is inevitable and even necessary. It’s how we process/deal with it that makes the difference.

Build Your Sleep Sanctuary. Your sleep environment plays a key role in your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. The lighting, temperature, noise, decor, and furniture in your bedroom may be standing between you and a good night’s sleep.

See a Sleep Medicine Doctor. The doctor will determine if you have a sleep disorder that needs treatment and then make a treatment plan to address your challenges. Many struggles with sleep can be addressed by making small shifts to our mindset, behavior, and environment. However, sleep disorders can be dangerous if left unaddressed over long periods of time. 

The first step is going to vary, depending on what your individual challenges are. But there is a path for everyone. 

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