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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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iTeal iTeal 8 years
I have trouble falling asleep. If I lay down at 9 I'll end up falling asleep around 10.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I wake up after 6 hours naturally. It's very annoying! My boyfriend is ready for sleep about 12 hours after he woke up (so, 6pm at the moment ;p) so by the time 10pm comes around he's already snoring! I can usually get to sleep now by about 11:30 to be ready to get up at 6:15 but I'm aware it's still not enough rest.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
My sleep habits could probably use some tweaking. I eat right before bed a lot. Also, I live right near the train tracks, so a lot of the time trains rush by in the middle of the night and wake me and my husband up. We try to keep it as quiet as possible by shutting the windows, but it's still pretty loud.
xrawk_starrx xrawk_starrx 9 years
My sleep habits are horrible! I stay up all night. I can't fall asleep. Even when I try to wake up early, I still stay up all night.
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
I wake up pretty early on weekends... Except sometimes my bf makes me sleep in ;)
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I don't have a problem falling asleep, it's the STAYING alseep that gets me. I go to bed about the same time every night, but I'm very afraid of the dark so a lot of times if I wake up in the middle of the night (which I do constantly because I'm a light sleeper, ever since I had my first child) I have to watch tv for about a 1/2-1 hour just to get back to sleep. I sometimes just think I need like 5 hours of sleep and not 8.
Jessee Jessee 9 years
I function best on 8 hours of sleep. I try to stay on the same schedule all week. I don't like to sleep in on Sundays because it's hard enough getting to sleep that night knowing I have to go to work Monday.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
Oh I need this sometimes I can't sleep
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
I do all of the above. I exercise as much as I can & as regular as possible, try not to eat after 8pm, I don't do nicotine or caffiene, ever. (you know, besides decaf coffee & chocolate which have trace amounts) I sleep 8 hours a night, every night at just about the same time every day, our room has a fan running, have our dark curtains drawn & the most comfortable bed in the world.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Sure don't. Nothing makes me happier than staying up all night then sleeping in all day on the weekends.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Sleep is one area of my life that I have NO problem with. I'm always ready for bed!
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