Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene refers to a list of recommended behaviors and environmental conditions that can improve the quality of your sleep.

Behaviors to avoid:

  • Having caffeine after lunch
  • Having alcohol within 6 hours of bedtime
  • Watching television right before going to bed
  • Having a cigarette before bedtime
  • Going to bed hungry or when you've had a big meal
  • Going to bed before you are sleepy
  • Exercising too close to bedtime

Behaviors to adopt:

  • Using your bed only for sleep and sex
  • Exercising regularly, preferably in the morning or early afternoon
  • Keeping a regular bedtime and waking time, even on the weekends
  • Creating a relaxing bedtime routine, such as taking a leisurely stroll, soaking in a tub, listening to soothing music, or massaging your legs or feet before bed
  • Practicing relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and deep-breathing exercises
  • Creating a comfortable environment that is conducive to sleep by eliminating uncomfortable bedding, wearing loose clothing, keeping the bedroom temperature slightly cool, and eliminating any bothersome noise or light.


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