Go to sleep and wake at consistent times each day to establish a healthy pattern, advises the National Sleep Foundation. In addition, avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evening, and practice relaxing activities before bed, such as reading or meditating.
Your sleep environment is important, notes Mayo Clinic. Ideally, sleep on a comfortably firm mattress and pillow, in a cool, dark room. Consider the use of room-darkening curtains, ear plugs or white noise machines to create a more sleep-inducing environment. Children and pets are best left to sleep in separate rooms; if this is not possible, try to limit how often they share your bed.