At least half of my patients tell me that they have difficulty with sleep. We are so “on” all day and evening that it is hard to find the “off” switch at night. Sleep hygeine is about creating an environment that is conducive to good quality sleep. A dark, very dark room is important to melatonin production. If you can’t get blackout curtains, an eye mask is a good investment. A good quality one that is comfortable, adjustable and completely blocks out light is an invaluable help to many people. I use mine every night, since the sunrise became earlier in the spring.