Sleep hygiene is a term used to include just about anything related to your sleep habits. It has nothing to do with cleanliness or taking a shower before you go to bed – unless that helps you sleep better.
Ranging from your activities before bedtime... to where you sleep at night... to the time you wake up each day, sleep hygiene includes:
Life vs. Sleep
Society as a whole doesn't put enough emphasis on the importance of a good night's sleep. Today's hectic, high-tech lifestyle is not geared towards allowing people to get enough healthy, restful sleep. Grueling 60-hour work weeks, 24 hour shopping and exercise facilities, and continual access to television and the internet make getting ample sleep a challenge.
Physical and emotional illness, relationship difficulties, loss of work-based productivity, accidents, drug and/or alcohol dependence are often linked to sleep deprivation.
Although everyone is different, research shows that most adults need between seven and nine hours sleep every night. Children and teens need more.
Of course, there are those rare individuals who exuded energy and can effectively function on as little as four or five hours of shut-eye a night. Yet, the vast majority of people will suffer physically, mentally and emotionally with such a minimal amount of sleep on a regular basis.
How to Determine Your Sleep Needs
You can identify how much sleep you need each night by thinking about how you feel when you wake up after a specified number of hours asleep.
You know you have benefited from the right amount of sleep when you can easily awaken feeling alert and ready to get out of bed. You will also feel energized and ready to start your day.
Duration and quality of sleep are directly related to the quality of your sleep hygiene.
If you can benefit from improved sleep, begin by evaluating your bedtime and sleep habits. Then, take an objective look at your sleep environment. Consider the comfort of your bed, how effectively your blinds or curtains block out the light, and the temperature of your room.
Even the quality of linens and cleanliness of your bedroom contribute to better sleep. Once you have determined what needs to be addressed, commit to making those changes that will promote healthier sleep patterns.
Acquiring Better Sleep Habits
The following links provide valuable information to help you improve your sleep hygiene.
Importance of Sleep
What are Healthy Sleep Habits
Establishing a Sleep Schedule
7 Ways to Free Your Mind for Restful Sleep
Sleep Inducing Foods
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
Protect Yourself from Bed Bugs when you Travel
Establishing a Healthy Bedtime Routine
How to Sleep Better
Sleep Position - Does it Matter?
Establishing a Good Morning Routine to Help Sleep
Impact of Artificial Light on Sleep
Tips for Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep