- Dr. Jill Kenney, Naturopathic Medicine, Fairfield, CT
What is sleep hygiene?
Sleep hygiene means habits that will help people have a good night's sleep. Researchers believe that sleep problems are often caused by poor habits that interfere with having a good night's sleep. Here are a few of my favorite ways to get a good night sleep without adding medications or supplements.
Start a nighttime ritual
shut off all electronics an hour before bed
Meditate, noise machine or CD player for a meditation track or music
Avoid sugar to avoid spikes and drops in blood sugar
Go to bed at the same time every night
Exercise during the day
Avoid taking naps on the couch before bed
Try a weighted blanket (not for young children)