Sleep hygiene doesn’t just refer to the cleanliness of your environment, but rather – what you do to prepare for sleep as part of a pre-sleep routine.
Achieving good sleep hygiene should make getting a well-rested night’s sleep easy. Ensuring and maintaining good sleep hygiene is easy and involves following a few simple steps to encourage quality sleep, every night.
Establish a sleeping pattern
Heading to bed at the same time each night and waking at the same time each morning can actually help train the body to fall asleep, and stay asleep, more successfully.
Get plenty of exercise
It’s not just good sleep hygiene that can improve your quality of sleep, but living an active lifestyle offers physical and mental health benefits too. Just make sure you exercise in the morning or afternoon rather than the evening or choose an activity such as yoga to unwind your body and mind later in the day.
Enjoy the daylight
Parents are forever telling their children to go out and play in the sunshine- but adults should too! Spending time in natural light actually helps to maintain a healthy sleep/wake cycle.
Indulge yourself in a regular bedtime routine
Another one not just for the kids, a regular routine of relaxation and unwinding at bedtime can enhance your sleep hygiene and make falling and staying asleep easier. Take a warm bath or find a quiet corner to listen to music – try to leave the day’s worries behind you.
Consider your sleeping environment
Take a close look at your bedroom; is it dark enough, quiet and a good temperature for sleeping? Would you benefit from a new mattress, comfy pillows or a change of bed linens? Essentially you want an inviting sleep space where you feel comfortable and supported as you relax.