Dr. Oz recommends waking up at the same time every morning—regardless of when you fell asleep the night before. If you're still tired, go to sleep 15 minutes earlier the next night. "Slowly, over time, lengthen the period of time you're in sleep," Dr. Oz says.
Another solution comes down to simple sleep hygiene. "That's a matter of doing the same thing that used to happen to our ancestors a thousand years ago—dimming the lights in the home, making it dark, making it quiet, keeping it cool, wearing loose-fitting clothes," Dr. Oz says. Also, he suggests avoiding late-night exercise, alcohol and meals, and cutting out any caffeine after noon.
The average person should be able to fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes of lying down, Dr. Oz says. If you can't sleep, get up! "Do something calming and soothing and meditative, and then try again in a few minutes," Dr. Oz says. If your thoughts keep you up, Dr. Oz suggests keeping pen and paper by the bed so you can write them down. "I think those kinds of little tricks that you adopt for yourself can deal with whatever your hitch is in getting to sleep."