If you’ve heard the term “sleep hygiene” and are wondering what it is and how to achieve it, look no further. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep hygiene is “a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness.” Put simply, sleep hygiene is how you achieve truly restful sleep.
Restful sleep improves a person’s mood, overall health, performance at work, and productivity in all of life’s tasks. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans fall short on sleep.
Signs of poor sleep hygiene include daytime fatigue, frequently waking up during the night, and taking a long time to fall asleep in the first place. The good news is that sleep hygiene can help people get back on track.
What to Do
There are many proactive techniques that can improve your sleep hygiene.
Here are a few:
What to Avoid
Avoiding certain detrimental behaviors and substances are just as important as building good, proactive habits.
Here are some things to avoid while building good sleep hygiene:
By avoiding these factors and developing healthy sleep-hygiene habits, you can join the ranks of the well-rested. If you are struggling with your sleep patterns and habits, call HollowBrook Sleep to speak with one of our certified Sleep Doctors about your options.