Happy World Sleep Day! We want you to sleep well each night so here’s a post to help you improve your sleep!
Sleep hygiene refers to healthy sleep habits that help you have a good rest at night. Having quality sleep is vital for numerous reasons and sleep hygiene can play a key part.
What are the signs of poor sleep hygiene?
The common telltale signs of poor sleep hygiene are:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Frequent sleep disruptions
- Daytime sleepiness
How to practise good sleep hygiene:
1. Prioritise sleep!
We understand this can be difficult with our busy schedules but sleep ain’t for the weak! Having sufficient rest is essential for our physical and mental health, thereby improving our productivity during the day.
2. Wake and sleep around the same time every SINGLE day.
It’s the weekends. Who doesn’t want to rest and chill? It can be tempting to sleep in or go to bed later but try to wake and sleep around the same time every single day. This minimises fluctuations in our circadian rhythm and melatonin production, allowing us to sleep more consistently.
3. Unplug from electronics and set aside 30 minutes to wind down.
Blue light from electronics may disrupt melatonin production. We believe you heard or read about this several times but we are repeating it as it’s crucial! In addition, electronics can cause mental stimulation and possibly prevent restorative rest.
Instead of staring at your phone or computer, spend the 30 minutes before bed doing an activity that puts you in a state of calm. A few possible activities to help you wind down are listening to soft music, meditation or light stretching.
Hope you are more aware about your sleep hygiene and get a better night rest! If you have good sleep hygiene but aren’t sleeping well after having kid(s), book a call with us to find out how we can help!