Good Sleep Hygiene Can Help You
So how do we apply these insights in Fort Atkinson? Simple: it’s important that you focus on your sleep quality as well as your sleep quantity. We already know that more and more people are reporting difficulty sleeping.
To help you combat poor sleep quality, take a look at your sleep hygiene. This basically means making sure that the conditions are right in your mind, body, and environment for getting quality sleep. Some common suggestions for improving sleep quality include:
- Maintain a consistent bedtime, even on the weekends
- Establish a bedtime routine to help your brain prepare for resting
- Make your bedroom dark and quiet. Try to maintain a comfortable temperature
- Consider removing electronics from your bedroom
- Avoid large meals before bedtime
- Stop consuming alcohol 3-4 hours before bedtime, and caffeine at least 8 hours before bedtime
- Get exercise during the day
- Try to get sun exposure during the day
Some of these tips deserve more explanation. The issue of electronics in the bedroom remains controversial. Some studies show that blue light from devices can make it hard to sleep. Other studies don’t. Plus, these devices are a distraction. If you’re currently having trouble sleeping, try removing electronics from the bedroom.
Many people think alcohol helps you sleep. While it can cause you to fall asleep, it impairs the quality of your sleep. Since we know that quality sleep matters, it’s important to avoid alcohol too close to bedtime. Caffeine susceptibility varies, but many people find it hard to sleep within 8 hours of consuming caffeine.
Exercise and sun exposure guidelines get harder in Fort Atkinson in the winter, we know. However, it’s worth trying. If it’s dark when you leave for work and when you get home, try to get out for exercise over lunch.