It’s National Sleep Awareness Week, and a year of stress and isolation has many of us searching for ways to catch back up on those Z’s.

Experts at Upstate Medical University say improving our sleep comes from consistency. A regular exercise schedule, a set bedtime, and a night time routine can all lead to improved rest at night. 

For those who work from home, screen time can be a cause of improper sleep, but taking a break from that screen between meetings can make a big difference.

"You don't have an appointment in your calendar right now to say five minute break between appointments. We don't buffer our time to actually take care of ourselves, it's always an add on, or if I have the time, or I'll figure it out, but we wouldn't say that about the appointments we have," said Dr. Kaushal Nanavati, SUNY Upstate assistant dean of wellness.

It is recommended that the average adult get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, which can lead to better physical and mental health.