Sleep. Chances are that if you have enough of it, you don’t think twice about it. But if you don’t, it might be troubling your waking hours beyond belief.
It’s such a basic human need, and it comes so easy to many. But does it to you?
I’ve personally gone through stages of both. Times of oh so blissful sleep when all I needed to do was lie down and suddenly – whoosh – the land of unicorns awaited me. But also times of sleepless nights, staring at the ceiling and counting down the minutes of STILL not being asleep. It is dreadful.
Luckily, I have learned both through practice and my studies, just the right methods to put your mind at ease (pun intended). What I am about to teach you in this series is the best way to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep – aka sleep hygiene.
What Is Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe the good habits anyone can put in place to get a good night’s sleep. It consists of the do’s as well as the dont’s. The more you implement the better your chances for a restful night but, really, it is up to you to mix and match the ones that appeal to you.
Like a bag of M&M’s. Just pick the colours (habits) you like the taste (sound) of right now and leave out the rest. If that doesn’t help then add some more. Until you get the right kind of mixture for your lovely self. Bingo!
Without trying to overwhelm you (remember the bag of M&M’s) these are the kind of things that impact the quality of your sleep:
- The food and drinks that you consume a few hours before the sleep as well as during (if you wake up hungry).
- Whether you have a routine of going to sleep and waking up at a roughly similar time.
- If you are in a habit of ‘clock watching’ while trying to fall asleep.
- Whether you go to sleep when you are actually sleepy.
- The sleep rituals you might / might not have and if these are indeed relaxing for you.
- The environment you are in about an hour before hitting the bed as well as during.
- What the bed is generally used for.
- Do you nap during the day?
- And the good old MIND CHATTER.
In the following articles, I am going to go through these in more detail to explain: what each exactly means (a), how it impacts you (b) and what to do in each scenario (c) to win the day (or night) each time.
This way you’ll be able to mix and match your ideal sleep hygiene. Yay.
Now let’s continue and dive into the details behind the above sleep blockers! Read the next article in the Sleep Hygiene series here.
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