Watch video: don't sleep on the importance of a bedtime routine


In this article: 

  • A behavioral health expert shares information about why sleep is vital to our overall health. 

  • Sleep hygiene is having a routine and space that promotes consistent, uninterrupted sleep.  

  • Avoiding alcohol, nicotine, exercise and hots baths or showers before bedtime can help improve sleep. 


Proper, restful sleep is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. It's especially important during the holiday season when our stress levels may be higher, and we find ourselves with more commitments and more often on the go.

Social Worker Emily Curtis, LICSW, a behavioral health expert here at Swedish, offers some tips for establishing a sleep routine that can help keep you healthy in mind and body. 



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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional's instructions.


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About the Author

Whether it's stress, anxiety, dementia, addiction or any number of life events that impede our ability to function, mental health is a topic that impacts nearly everyone. The Swedish Behavioral Health Team is committed to offering every-day tips and clinical advice to help you and your loved ones navigate mental health conditions.

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