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Sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself but is often overlooked. Too many people lose out on sleep or at least have a poor quality of sleep, assuming it is just something you do, and not at all important. But your sleep quality can affect nearly every facet of your life, including your physical health, mental health, and so much more.
How Much Sleep Are You Getting?
Before you can adjust your sleep routine, you need to have a starting point. Keep a sleep diary for a few days or week with what time you went to sleep and woke up. Note what are doing before going to sleep, if it was easy or hard to fall asleep, and how often you wake up in the night.
This can be written down in whatever way is easiest for you. This includes writing down notes in a journal or notebook, to tracking it on your phone (I use my watch). You can also create a simple spreadsheet that lets you track your sleep. Create colums for when you started getting ready for bed, when you went to sleep, and when you woke up.
Why Are You Missing Out on Sleep?
Just by writing it down, you have probably picked up on some habits that may keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Not only will writing down your sleep habits show you how many hours of sleep you tend to get, but what your routine is. You can also determine bad habits that cause you to lose sleep. Include details like whether or not you had the TV on at night or if you were using your phone. Also list if you read a book before bed, or if you were stressed. Any of these reasons could be why you had trouble falling asleep.
Tips for Improving Your Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene is just about your routine of sleep, including your environment, what you do before sleep, and even how you wake up.
Start by setting up your room to be optimal for sleep.
- It should be decorated in soothing colors, decluttered, and simplistic.
- You want a good temperature in your room, and comfortable bedding and pillows.
- Try to keep your phone away from your nightstand and plugged in, so it isn’t a distraction.
For your sleep habits, give yourself at least an hour before sleep to unplug and just relax. It could be reading a book or doing some meditation before bed.
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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.