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Setting your sleep environment


  • Light blocking shades
  • Eye mask, may be designed to hold moisture
  • Dim lighting for sleep prep, full darkness during sleep


  • Masking machine, fan or HEPA air cleaner
  • Ear-plugs
  • Limit-setting in household
  • Advocacy with neighbors and community


  • Anticipate nocturia: To avoid falls clear cords and obstructions from paths leading to room exit & bathroom
  • Have dim lighting available to enhance vision
  • Watch out for pets!


  • Cool room (e.g. 65 degrees) is conducive to sleep
  • Select seasonally appropriate bedding and bedclothes


  • Humidifier may be used to modify dry air, especially in winter

Low Tech:

  • No bed texting!
  • Computer, smart-phones and TV out of bedroom


  • Place non-breakable drinking water source and eye-drops on night table for easy access


  • Be aware of possible light-headedness with quick rising
  • Consider pillow wedge for head/shoulder elevation, especially related to gastric reflux               
  • Pillows under knees may increase back/hip comfort

Partners /Family/Roommates:

  • Negotiate sleep schedule differences to insure a quiet environment


  • Arrange for pet night independence: bed, water bowl, night food
  • Schedule frequent cleaning to eliminate fur and dander