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  • 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)

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