No one can deny the importance of a good night of sleep. Being tired during the day affects our work, happiness, health, and home life. But pursuing good sleep takes a lot of intentionality. If you have trouble sleeping or feel tired during the day, maybe it is because you aren't practicing good sleep hygiene which is impacting your sleep health. You may not be familiar with the concept of sleep hygiene. If you aren't, here is a definition. Sleep hygiene is "habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis."
Here are some good practices of sleep hygiene to try. Just like oral hygiene or personal hygiene, each person may have their own variation of what works best for them. These are just general guidelines to follow if you feel you aren't experiencing your best sleep.
- Avoid caffeine and stimulants later in the day. This includes decaf coffee and chocolate. Even sugary desserts could be affecting your sleep since your body digesting the sugar will give you an energy spike.
- Avoid watching TV and using other screens like your lap top and cell phone for an hour before bed. This is a hard practice for many people to follow. But the light from your screens could be disrupting your circadian rhythm— making it harder for you to fall asleep.
- Have a bedtime routine that lets your body know you are winding down and getting ready to sleep. Perhaps drinking the same herbal tea, brush your teeth, wash your face, and get ready for bed in the same order.
These are just a few aspects of sleep hygiene to try out to improve your sleep. For more ideas, visit the American Sleep Association website. And for more information about getting the right mattress to facilitate your sleep, contact us at the Mattress Store at Kensington.
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