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


At the Stanford Guest House, we take sleep very seriously. Providing genuine care to ensure our guests’ comfort is our main priority. Because sleep is an integral component of wellness, we enjoin everyone to make healthful sleep a part of their daily regimen to achieve wellness.

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


Stanford Sleep Medicine Center Do’s

  • 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.

Stanford Sleep Medicine Center 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 up out of bed and do something that will make you relaxed and drowsy, such as reading.
  • Avoid daytime napping.

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