Sleep hygiene is a variety of practices and habits necessary to have a good night's sleep, resulting in full daytime alertness. Obtaining healthy sleep is necessary for physical and mental health, and can improve productivity and overall quality of life.

Both children and adults can benefit from practicing good sleep habits, so here are a few things you may want to consider to improve your sleep hygiene from the National Sleep Foundation:
  • Limit your daytime naps to 30 minutes.
  • Avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
  • Exercise to promote good quality sleep, even if it's as little as 10 minutes.
  • Steer clear of food that can be disruptive right before sleep. Heavy or rich foods, fatty or fried meals, spicy dishes, citrus fruits, and carbonated drinks can trigger indigestion.
  • Ensure adequate exposure to natural light. Being exposed to the sunlight during the day and darkness at night helps maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Read a book or try light stretches. Set a bedtime for your cell phone and put it away at least an hour before you go to bed.
  • Make the sleep environment pleasant and relaxing.