What in the world is “sleep hygiene”? It sounds like it involves showering before bed, but it’s not. It’s not even about regularly washing your sheets. It’s all about practicing healthy sleep habits in order to feel refreshed and maintain a high quality of life. There are a lot of factors that go into creating a good sleep routine, which may be surprising, but maybe that’s because we don’t think about it that often — even when we’re tired, sore, or stressed.
The National Sleep Foundation lists the ten most important practices to getting better sleep hygiene. One of the most important ones is that we should develop a bedtime and waking time routine and stick to those times every day — even on the weekends. The reason for this is so that our bodies get used to this regular schedule and learn to fall asleep and stay asleep.
This one’s rough — researchers say that we should try to avoid naps! (What will I do without naps?!) Sleeping in the middle of the day, especially the afternoon, can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. So making sure that you get the recommended seven to eight hours every night is even more important now, since we aren’t supposed to play catch-up midday.
Finally, they recommend that you sleep on a mattress that is comfortable. Your mattress and pillows give you the back and neck support you need in order to feel relaxed during the day. No matter what your comfort level is when it comes to firmness, you should wake up without stiffness or aches and pains. So if you’ve had your mattress for eight years or more, or you keep getting up with the same twinge in your lower back, you probably need a new mattress. Even if you think you’re comfy on the old one you have, you’ll be surprised at how great you feel once you have a new one.
It seems kind of hard, but I bet the people who follow these guidelines feel awesome. I’ll have to try it out for myself — goodness knows I’m too fond of falling asleep on the couch after work.
If you want to read the rest of this National Sleep Foundation article, check it out here: Healthy Sleep Tips from the National Sleep Foundation
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