There’s a thing called sleep hygiene, and I’ve never been great at it.
What is sleep hygiene? It’s your bedtime rituals and nightly habits, and if you have good sleep hygiene, it can help you have better sleep and improved overall wellness.
Now, my sleep hygiene? It is sometimes good but often awful. I fall asleep on the couch listening to Netflix after eating a bedtime candy snack. NOT GREAT.
These are the sleep hygiene habits I’d like to form:
- Go to sleep IN YOUR BED.
- Wear pajamas. STOP FALLING ASLEEP IN YOUR CLOTHES.
- Stop using your phone at bedtime. Plug it in to charge across the room, out of your reach, to keep from impulse scrolling.
- No more bedtime candy. No eating at all after 7:30 p.m. Give your gut a chance to rest from a long day of digesting!
- Read before bed.
- Make sure you’re tucked in by 9 p.m.
- Eliminate sleep aids. (Sometimes I use Tylenol PM when I can’t sleep and I’d love to stop that habit.)
- Do your daily inventory and a little evening check-in with yourself as soon as you get in bed and before you dock your phone.
I feel peaceful and well-rested just looking at this list. My plan is to get going with this routine TONIGHT! Let’s do this.