Much like practicing healthy habits with eating and exercise, there are also healthy habits to practice with sleep!
Much like practicing healthy habits with eating and exercise, there are also healthy habits to practice with sleep! Sleep hygiene refers to a set of routines and practices that contribute to better sleep, and can include:
- A consistent sleep schedule (for both going to bed and waking up)
- Keeping your bedroom dark, quiet, and calm
- Sleeping in a comfortable temperature
- Limiting or removing electronics from your room (including your cell phone!)
- Limiting or avoiding caffeine and alcohol before going to sleep
- Avoiding large meals before going to sleep
- Exercising during the day
- Keeping daytime naps short (early afternoon is the ideal time to nap)
- Avoiding “tossing and turning”
- If you can’t sleep, do something calming for a few minutes, and try again
- Treating sleep as a priority, not an option
Healthy sleep is important for our overall health, both physically and mentally. Unhealthy sleep habits can affect your mood and productivity during the day, and can also worsen feelings of anxiety and depression. Working on your sleep hygiene can lead to improvements in many aspects of your life -- it all starts with sleep!
Mindfulness and Relaxation