It’s a known fact that most Americans are sleep deprived: are you? Sleep is such a vital part of our lives; however, in today’s society it is one of the things that is most neglected. Sleep keeps us healthy as human beings. Sleep restores our bodies, our minds and our souls. Without quality sleep it is a known fact that medical conditions can develop, car accidents can happen, and people can have increased pain. So why not get the appropriate sleep your body needs? There are a few keys to good sleep. Keeping a regular routine is very important, going to bed and waking around the same time every day keeps a good circadian rhythm. A good comfortable bed can make all the difference in the world. Also, good bed hygiene allows us to get the appropriate sleep we need. Only certain things should be done in bed, limited to sleeping and sex. Anything more than this should be reserved for outside the bed. Eating, reading, watching TV, are all bad habits that lead to poor sleep hygiene. In today’s world, the glow of tablets and phones change the chemicals that circulate in our brains and promote wakefulness, not sleep. If you prefer to read before you go to bed, it is recommended reading by table light or a light attached to your reader or book. Drinking caffeine before going to bed or too late in the day can also alter sleep patterns. Although alcohol is a nervous system depressant, this also can affect sleep as it does not allow for truly restful sleep. Hydration is also a key to good sleep as being dehydrated can lead to restless sleep and wakefulness. In conclusion, getting a good night’s sleep allows for productivity at work, a good exercise routine, as well as being nice to people. Have ever noticed it’s sometimes hard to smile all the time when you are sleep deprived? In conclusion, keeping a regular routine and getting a good night’s sleep is key to being healthier, living longer, and feeling better.