'Sleep hygiene' refers to the strategies you put in place to ensure you develop and maintain good sleep habits, allowing you to have enough quality sleep.
Some basic strategies for ensuring a good night's sleep can include:
- turning off all technology at least 1 hour before bed including mobile phones and television
- create a comfortable room and bed to sleep in, dark and quiet rooms promote sleep
- avoiding caffeine 4-6 hours before going to sleep
- getting fresh air in your bed room, and
- where possible developing a sleep routine
When you are trying to keep up with the demands of a busy schedule, cutting back on sleep may feel like your only option but over time, even minimal sleep loss can have an impact on your physical health, mood, energy, mental sharpness, and ability to handle stress.
Lack of sleep can affect your judgment, coordination, and reaction times. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7 to 9 hours per day.
Read more in the Sleep Health Foundation's fact sheets.