On the 14th of June 2013, Julia wrote a really great post that proved to be very popular. It got me wondering if a few reminders about sleep hygiene would be a welcome thing.
Sleep hygiene, according to one dictionary means: 'the habits conducive to getting the right amount and quality of sleep.' It's important because we all know the impact on our mood and general well-being that a lack of sleep can cause.
I recently asked a sleep specialist what his top tips were. I'm sure there is nothing below that you don't already know but we all need a gentle reminder now and again, I'm sure you'll agree.
* Wind down in the evening. For example, exercise is great and important during the day but not up to several hours before bed-time.
* No caffeine in the evening hours. (Personally, I can't take caffeine after midday and expect to sleep well.)
* Keep the bedroom for sleep only. No TV or computer games.
* If you wake up in the night it's probably best to get up and maybe read something sedate. Don't be tempted to flick on the TV or catch up with work and/or e-mails. When you start to feel sleepy, then go back to bed.
I hope you sleep well tonight.