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What is Sleep Hygiene and Why is it Important?

Sleep hygiene can help you achieve better sleep quality and daytime alertness

Sleep hygiene is a set of practices that can help improve your sleep quality and daytime alertness.

The secret to better sleep quality and daytime alertness is in a set of habits known as sleep hygiene, and no, it’s not taking a shower before going to sleep.

The reason sleep hygiene helps both with sleep quality and daytime alertness is because a good night’s sleep is the first step to regulate a healthy daytime/nighttime cycle and be as active and productive as possible.

Here are some sleep hygiene practices you could do to help regulate your sleep cycle:

  • Try not to nap during the day, and if you do, keep your naps shorter than 30 minutes.
  • Don’t have any stimulants before bedtime, this includes sugar, nicotine and alcohol.
  • Exercise, at any point of time during the day, but try to avoid it close to bedtime.
  • Don’t over eat, heavy and fatty foods can trigger indigestion and disrupt your sleep.
  • Make sure to get enough sunlight during the day, and limit time spent in the bedroom if you’re not planning on sleeping.

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