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Adopt Sleep Hygiene Habits

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:

  1. Exercising regularly. It's best to complete a workout at least a few hours before bedtime, however.
  2. Finishing eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.
  3. Avoiding caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime.
  4. Maintaining a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends.
  5. Creating a sleep-conducive environment that's dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
  6. 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?


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