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A partnership between the Stanford Guest House and the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center


We take sleep very seriously at the Stanford Guest House, and are proud to offer our SleepWell initiative developed in partnership with the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center. Because sleep is an integral component of wellness, we encourage everyone to make healthful sleeping a part of their daily regimen to achieve wellness.

Stanford Guest House two queen beds with Stanford sheets.

SleepWell Dos

We are proud to bring you SleepWell, a wellness initiative developed in partnership with the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center.

  • Establish a pattern of relaxing behaviors before bedtime, such as meditation, yoga or taking a warm bath
  • Bright light in the morning can help your body adjust to the new awakening time. Going outside or staying in an area that receives a lot of sunlight for 30 minutes within five minutes of awakening will enable you to receive the necessary bright light.
  • If you have trouble clearing your mind at bedtime, set aside a few minutes 2-3 hours before bedtime to create a worry list to mentally address any worries or concerns, so that they don’t impair your ability to fall asleep.
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SleepWell Don’ts

  • Avoid exercise, alcohol, and stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine before bedtime.
  • Avoid staying in bed longer than 20 minutes if you wake up and can’t fall back asleep. Get out of bed and do something that will make you relaxed and drowsy, such as reading.
  • Avoid daytime napping.

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Source: Clete A. Kushida, M.D., Ph.D., RPSGT, Professor, Medical Director, Stanford Sleep Medicine Center; Director, Stanford University
Center for Human Sleep Research