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10 Healthy Rules for A Good Night's Sleep (Sleep Hygiene Tips)

What is sleep hygiene?

Sleep hygiene refers to a set of practices and habits that promote healthy and restful sleep. These practices help ensure proper sleep quality and overall well-being.
Studies have shown that getting adequate quality sleep is beneficial for your physical health, mental well-being, cognitive functions, and overall productivity.
Therefore, adopting good sleep hygiene practices can greatly enhance your sleep quality and daily life.

What are the 10 healthy rules for a good night's sleep?


Rule #1: Establish a consistent sleep schedule

Establishing a consistent sleep schedule includes consistent sleeping and waking up time. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body's internal clock and improves the quality of your sleep.

Rule #2: Take a short nap if you're tired during the day

Short power naps can be beneficial, but excessive daytime napping can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you need to nap, keep it short (20-30 minutes) and early in the day.

Rule #3: Avoid caffeine too late in the day or before bedtime

Avoid consuming caffeine products especially when it's too late in the day because they may disrupt your sleep.

Rule #4: Avoid eating or snacking before bedtime

Heavy meals close to bedtime can lead to discomfort and disrupt sleep. Opt for light snacks if you need something before bed. Minimize the consumption of liquids before bedtime to prevent middle-of-the-night awakenings to use the bathroom.

Rule #5: Sleep on a comfortable bed

Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows that support your sleep posture.

Rule #6: Create a comfortable sleep environment

Your bedroom should be conducive to sleep in. Keep the room well-ventilated and at a comfortable temperature.

Rule #7: Block out noises and lights

Your bedroom should be conducive to sleep in. Keep the dark and as quiet as possible.

Rule #8: Keep electronic gadgets and devices away during bedtime

The blue light emitted by phones, tablets, and computers can interfere with your body's production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Avoid or limit screentime at least an hour before bedtime.

Rule #9: Practice stress management & regular exercise

Chronic stress can disrupt sleep. Engage in stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to help calm your mind before bed. Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep.

Rule #10: Establish and stick to your bedtime routine

Develop a calming wind-down bedtime routine to signal to your body that it's time to relax. This could involve activities like reading, listening to soothing music, or practicing relaxation techniques.
As a wolf (sleep chronotype), I have issues going to bed early, so it's kinda hard for me to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated every morning. So, I'm taking my time to establish the above 10 rules. Wish me luck!

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