We all work hard to practice good hygiene but how is your sleep hygiene?
Sleep specialists say that we need to adopt "sleep hygiene habits" in order to get a good night's sleep — at least seven hours a night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, they should include:
- Exercising regularly. It's best to complete a workout at least a few hours before bedtime, however.
- Finishing eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.
- Avoiding caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime.
- Maintaining a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends.
- Creating a sleep-conducive environment that's dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
- Sleeping on a comfortable mattress and pillow.
I need to work on maintaining a regular wake up schedule on the weekends — sleeping in is so tempting! Do you have good sleep hygiene?