Do you tend to wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all? In some cases, that could be a sign that it’s time to shop for a new mattress or bedroom furniture. It’s also possible that your sleep hygiene is to blame. Despite how it sounds, sleep hygiene doesn’t have anything in common with your personal hygiene, but it could have everything to do with how much rest you get each night. Here is what you need to know about sleep hygiene and what you can do to make yours better.
Sleep Hygiene Explained
Sleep hygiene refers to the habits you follow to prepare for sleeping. It includes everything from what you eat before bedtime to when you go to bed and get up each day. When you have good sleep hygiene, you fall asleep easily and stay asleep, so you wake up feeling rested and energetic. On the other hand, poor sleep hygiene can lead to insomnia and fitful, non-restorative sleep. Because lack of sleep can trigger serious health problems, having good sleep hygiene is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Improving Sleep Hygiene
Does your sleep hygiene need some refreshing? Improve your sleep by adopting these healthy sleep habits:
- Cut out naps or limit yourself to 30 minutes daily. Note that sleeping during the day does not make up for lost nighttime sleep.
- Get an adequate amount of physical activity daily, but don’t do strenuous exercise right before bed.
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake. Caffeine will stimulate your body, making sleep difficult. Alcohol may make you sleepy at first, but as your body begins to process it as you sleep, it acts as a stimulant.
- Avoid fatty or spicy meals right before bedtime, especially if you get heartburn.
- Keep your bedroom cool and ban TVs and cellphones.
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