To encourage drowsiness, ancient Egyptians drank a beverage made of liquid extracted from wild lettuce stems. Charles Dickens insisted that his bed face north, even carrying a compass with him when traveling, and Vincent van Gogh soaked his pillow and mattress with toxic levels of camphor. In short, people have pursued the secrets of a good night’s sleep for millennia.
There are plenty of articles with advice on how to get to sleep that focus on diet, exercise, mattress types, and the like. This is not one of them. Instead we’re going to offer suggestions on how to create an environment that will pave your way to slumberland.