What Is Sleep Hygiene?

What Is Sleep Hygiene?

Sleep hygiene is the habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.

One of the most important sleep hygiene practices is to spend an appropriate amount of time asleep in bed, not too little or too excessive.  Here’s a list of good sleep hygiene habits from the National Sleep Foundation website.

  • Limiting daytime naps to 30 minutes. 
  • Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime. 
  • Exercising to promote good quality sleep. 
  • Steering clear of food that can be disruptive right before sleep.  
  • Ensuring adequate exposure to natural light. 
  • Establishing a regular relaxing bedtime routine.  
  • Making sure that the sleep environment is pleasant.