It’s about conditioning. If you stay in bed when you’re not sleeping, then your body will learn to stay wake when you’re in bed and it’ll be harder and harder to fall asleep. Don’t use your bed as an office for answering phone calls and responding to emails, according to Harvard Medical School. The bed has to play the role of a sleeping stimulant, not restlessness. “Get out of bed for 20-30 minutes, do some yoga, mediate or read a boring book,” Dr. Doghramji says. Then go back to bed and try again.