Sleep Hygiene

Man sleeping in bed

We all know hygiene is important, but what about sleep hygiene? Sleep health is just as important for our health as say, brushing our teeth. Lets look at some ways you might be able to improve your sleep hygiene so you can wake up ready to tackle the day:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every night, even on the weekends. At least try not to go outside of a two hour window. Our bodies like routines and even just a few late nights and mornings can mess up our system for the entire week ahead.
  • Set the mood for sleep. Personally I turn my salt lamp on because I find the dim warm light soothing. I also defuse essential oils (lavender is wonderful for sleep). Listening to some calming music while you get ready for bed could also be relaxing. Nature sounds perhaps. Light yoga stretches may also be helpful. Do anything you enjoy that is not too stimulating. Doing the same things every night will signal to your body and mind that it’s time to start settling down.
  • Screen time is a big no, no in the world of sleep. TV and phone lights signal to our brain that the sun is still up, aka it’s not time for bed. Challenge yourself to put your phone on the charger in a different room. Your partner will probably appreciate this too. If you need something to do, reach for a book-preferably something you find boring.
  • Feeling restless? Don’t lay in bed for hours looking at the clock. Get out of bed for a few minutes and find something soothing to do, then try again once you start feeling tired.

If you’re still having trouble falling or staying asleep contact your doctor or a therapist to address any underlying issues that might be contributing to your sleep troubles.