5 WAYS TO DEVELOP A GOOD SLEEPING HYGIENE
Sleep is vital to good mental health. A decent night’s rest can make a positive impact on your entire day. Just so you know, there is something called “good sleeping hygiene”, and truth is, it is underrated! Lots of people do not see it as a major issue.
Here are 5 ways to developing good sleeping hygiene:
- Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, a bit dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature. Block out all distracting noise.
- Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smartphones, from the bedroom. Reserve the use of your bed for sleep and sex, avoiding its use for work or general recreation.
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime. Adjust to a healthier lifestyle regarding substance use. Understand your body and pay attention to what works for you.
- Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
Let me quickly chip in why sleep is good:
There is evidence to show that after people sleep, they tend to retain information and perform better on memory tasks. A proper amount of sleep has been known to lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s. It also keeps your energy level up, improves your mood, and fights off anxiety and depression, which are the two major mental illnesses.
It is without saying that we must learn to make sleep a priority. You must schedule sleep like any other daily activity, so put it on your “to-do list” and cross it off every night. But don’t make it the thing you do only after everything else is done – stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need.
There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Fun fact: Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping.