Do you often feel that you could have had better rest? Do you roll in bed restlessly until the small hours? Or maybe you wake up in the middle of the night, not being able to fall back asleep? Is there anything that could be done?
Fortunately, all hope is not lost.
Instead of worrying about the previous night, you should move your gaze to the next one and beyond. Keep a close eye on what you do during the day. Your daily habits and routines (and the lack of them) play a massive part in getting better sleep. From the minute you wake up to how your day plays out and what you do after work and before you are going to bed make up our sleep hygiene.
Do you exercise, at least a little, daily?
At what times do you have a meal?
Do you work until late at night?
Do you consume caffeine?
Is your bedroom dark enough?
Do you fall asleep on the couch in the evenings?
All these little habits, and more, are all the essential building blocks of good sleep hygiene.
People who actively take care of their sleep hygiene are generally sleeping much better than the people who don’t. Sleep hygiene is one of the most important parts of this coaching content, and we will visit this theme plenty during the following lessons. We hope to give you a lot of tools to master your sleep hygiene!
Brown, F. C., Buboltz, W. C., & Soper, B. (2002). Relationship of sleep hygiene awareness, sleep hygiene practices, and sleep quality in university students. Behavioral Medicine, 28(1), 33–38.
Winter, W. C. (2017). The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix it. Penguin.