Sleeping Better

Preparing for sleep requires much more than setting the alarm clock and turning out the lights. From the time you wake up in the morning to the moment you lie down to sleep at night, your activities are impacting the quality of your sleep.  Take a look at your daily routines, and think about how you might incorporate the following suggestions to create an improved sleep hygiene regimen.   

Your daily activities

Good sleep begins long before your head reaches the pillow. Your daily habits and activities can affect how well you’ll sleep at night. Here are some suggestions for how you can modify your daily routine to help you sleep better at night.

Your evening and bedtime routine

Having an evening routine and a set bedtime will help your body get used to a sleeping schedule. You may want to ask others in your household to help you establish a regular bedtime routine.

Your sleeping area

Where you sleep can affect how well you sleep. Too much noise, light, or activity in your bedroom can make sleeping harder. Here are some tips for creating a quiet, comfortable sleeping area:

If you can't fall asleep or stay asleep

Despite your best efforts to establish a relaxing routine and create a comfortable environment for sleep, there will be times when it will be hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Here are a few techniques to try when your sleep is interrupted: