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We all have moments where we just can’t sleep, and some of us suffer from disorders or problems that make it near impossible to get a good night’s rest. But regardless of what’s causing your sleep problems, it is important to establish and maintain healthy sleep habits. Think of these habits as ground rules that should always apply, like shutting off the power before changing a light bulb or looking both ways before crossing the road. Here are five healthy habits that can help you sleep well

  • Use the bed and bedroom for sleep and sex only.
  • Establish a regular bedtime routine and a regular sleep-wake schedule.
  • Do not eat or drink too much close to bedtime.
  • Create a sleep-promoting environment that is dark, cool and comfortable.
  • Avoid disturbing noises – consider a bed-side fan or white-noise machine to block out disturbing sounds.

Want more? Check out our section on sleep tips.