Sleep hygiene involves a variety of practices and habits that are important for having a good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness. These include:
- Keep a consistent sleep schedule (even on the weekends)
- Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon if you’re having trouble sleeping
- Develop a bedtime routine or ritual
- Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to bright sunlight in the morning
- Exercise daily (but not too close to bedtime); most people want to work out at least a few hours before bed
- Stay away from stimulants (tea, coffee, chocolate, nicotine) for four to six hours before you go to bed
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- Insomnia. National Sleep Foundation
- Insomnia. MayoClinic. Published Oct 15, 2016.