Good sleep hygiene is characterized by the ability to obtain sufficient sleep and remain alert while performing daytime tasks. Unfortunately, many people’s daily responsibilities often make proper sleep hygiene difficult to master. Continue reading for some tips on how you can maintain good sleep hygiene.
Go to Bed When You Are Sleepy
Going to bed when you are not actually sleepy may condition your brain to remain awake and can interfere with your ability to reach deeper sleep cycles. Instead, go to bed when you are tired and limit sleeping to your bed, as sleeping on the couch or another location may make it harder for you to fall asleep.
Get Up at the Same Time
It is important to get up at the same time every day to help set your internal clock. This will not only regulate your sleep patterns, but will also make it easier to fall asleep more easily at night. You will also want to avoid lingering in bed in the morning so that you get up feeling refreshed.
Cover Your Clock
Many people tend to watch the clock as they try to fall asleep. Unfortunately, this only perpetuates the problem and makes falling asleep even more difficult. Instead, consider covering your alarm clock or placing it in an area where you cannot see it from your bed so that you are not constantly focusing on how much time you have until you need to get up.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
Drinking caffeine and alcohol too close to bedtime may make it more difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. As a good rule of thumb, avoid drinking any liquids for at least two to three hours before you go to sleep. This will also help limit the number of times you need to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.
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