Top 10 Healthy Sleep Habits

By: Angy Talbot (ECFE Blog Writer)


I came across this list about healthy sleep habits from Sleep Education by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  It’s a great “Top 10 List” to keep in mind when you are helping your children learn good sleep habits or in helping yourself get a better night’s sleep!

Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps you feel, think and perform your best. Therefore, it is critical for you to get a good night’s sleep every night. These top 10 healthy sleep habits will help your child (or yourself) fall asleep faster and sleep well.

  1. Only use your bed for sleeping.
  1. Avoid drinking caffeine in the afternoon and at night.
  1. Avoid taking naps in the late afternoon or in the evening.
  1. Avoid large meals right before bedtime.
  1. Dim household lights at night and let in plenty of sunlight in the morning.
  1. Create a healthy sleep environment in your bedroom with:

Dim lighting

A comfortable temperature

Soothing sounds

No TV or computer

  1. Turn off all of these items at least 30 minutes before your bedtime:



Movies and videos

Video games

Cell phone

  1. Develop a bedtime routine that helps you relax by:

Eating a healthy snack or light dessert

Brushing your teeth

Taking a warm bath or shower


Listening to relaxing music

  1. Go to bed at or near the same time every night, even on weekends.

   10. Discuss any ongoing sleep problems with your doctor.

For more information on sleep habits go to:


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