Sleep Support

Supporting Sleep Hygiene without Melatonin Supplements

Young woman smiling and stretching after getting good sleep thanks to proper sleep hygiene.

“I wish there was something I could do to help me sleep!” Many of us utter these words when we’re tired and groggy at the end of a long day and yet we still can’t sleep. It can be so frustrating when you are tired but aren’t able to do the one thing that will make you feel better.

Current recommendations for sleep are 8-10 hours per night for teens and at least 7 hours of sleep per night for adults. If you find you aren’t getting this much sleep, there are things you can try that can help.

For many people, melatonin can help support sleep.* However, others may not want to take melatonin. You may be wondering if there are options without melatonin– the good news is yes! There are several ways to support sleep, including good sleep hygiene habits and melatonin-free sleep supplements you can try.

Tips for good sleep hygiene

It’s helpful to start with the basics. Here are several tried-and-true suggestions for simple changes you can make to help improve your sleep. Improving sleep may not happen overnight, but taking these steps may help the quality of your sleep over time. These tips are all part of having good “sleep hygiene.”

What is sleep hygiene?

Sleep hygiene refers to healthy sleep habits that can help improve sleep. The term “hygiene” is often used for other habits to take care of yourself, such as brushing your teeth (oral hygiene) or cleaning and taking care of your hair and skin (personal hygiene). You may not think about sleep habits or routine as something you need to cultivate – until you aren’t sleeping well and feeling the effects of poor sleep hygiene. Try these tips for good sleep hygiene to help support your sleep needs:

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule – Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, whether it’s a weekday or weekend. Consistency can help make falling asleep easier as your body becomes used to the routine. You can use alarms or reminders on your calendar or virtual assistant to help you get on track.
  • Wind down without screens - Use the hour before bedtime for relaxing activities and stop using screens or devices. Even with blue light protection, being on screens may keep your mind more active. Try a calming activity like reading, journaling or listening to music.
  • Make your bedroom relaxing - Keep the bedroom calm, cool and dark to help ensure a pleasant environment for sleeping. Many experts also recommend limiting the bedroom to sleeping and avoiding doing work or homework in your bed.
  • Stay away from stimulants - An afternoon coffee or using nicotine too late in the day can make it harder to fall asleep. These are stimulants that can make it more difficult to transition to sleep. It may take as long as 6-8 hours for the effects of caffeine to fully wear off.
  • Exercise earlier – Regular exercise is important, but exercising within three hours of sleep can make it harder to fall asleep.

What is Lutemax 2020?

Lutemax 2020 is a unique ingredient made from marigold extract and contains lutein and zeaxanthin. These are two important phytonutrients found in plants that can support sleep quality.*

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