5 Tips to Improve Sleep With Proper Sleep Hygiene

Amber LoRe, Pediatric Sleep Expert
Aug 29 2019

Sufficient sleep is vital for good physical and mental health, whether you’re a child or an adult. If you or your children are not as well rested as you could be, consider whether you need to revamp your sleep hygiene. Good sleep habits, also known as “sleep hygiene” can make a big impact on sleep.

One third of adults in the United States don’t get the recommended amount of sleep each night.

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Our team of experienced sleep experts and data scientists recommend taking these steps for a healthy sleep hygiene regimen:

Follow a consistent pre-bed routine

Bedtime routines aren’t just for babies. Using the same set of steps each night to wind down can help cue that it’s time to sleep and help people of all ages transition to sleep easier.

Be sure to check out the bedtime routines used by our own sleep consultants to find out what worked for their children.

Set the mood 

Create a soothing environment to promote the best possible sleep habits. Keep bedrooms dark and cool. Ideally the temperature will be between 68-72F and the bedding should be appropriate for the season. Consider using consistent white or pink noise to muffle any outside sounds (or those from your bedmate) that may interfere with sleep.

Turn off the tech

The blue light emitted from screens (including phones, tablets and television) interfere with our body’s natural melatonin production. That means that checking your email right before bed or letting your child fall asleep while watching a video can lead to trouble falling asleep. Turn off devices at least an hour before you should be asleep to ensure that electronics don’t interfere with your body’s internal clock and deprive you of sleep.

If you just can’t replace that tech time with a book, adjust the blue light screen on your device to minimize the impact.

Avoid chemicals that interfere with sleep

Substances like caffeine, sugar and alcohol can all negatively impact the quality of sleep. Try to avoid ingesting them in the hours before bed. 

Work with your internal clock

Our circadian rhythm is governed in large part by light exposure. Aim for a consistent bedtime and wake-up time within the same thirty minute window in order to help regulate your internal clock. In the morning, be sure to open the curtains and let the light in. This will ensure regular, more consistent sleep.

Keep in mind that habits don’t change overnight, whether you're a child or an adult. Practice these steps for at least a week before determining whether they’re a good fit for you and your family.

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About the Author:

Amber LoRe is a pediatric sleep consultant with Huckleberry. She's always considered herself an advocate for children - from early jobs in daycare to her work as a family law attorney. She's been helping families get more sleep since 2011 and never gets tired of hearing success stories from happy clients. Amber lives outside NYC with her husband, their two awesome children and their rescue pup.