Sleep hygiene is the daily routine you practice to induce optimal sleep. Just like skin care, washing your face with bar soap vs. a multi-step regime, the more emphasis you put into it and the prioritization that you make it, will have compounding benefits. Think about it, if you have a face full of acne, do you just continue using the same soap and hope for the best? No, you switch to a specific cleanser, the proper lotion, a fancy serum, and the best spot treatment you can get your hands on. The same goes for your sleep, except it’s profoundly more important!
Sleep Hygiene Prep WorkFirst, don’t set unreasonable expectations for yourself. The most important factor in establishing good sleep hygiene is consistency. When figuring out what works for you, always ask yourself, “will I be able to do this when I travel?” and “would I still complete all these steps when my time is limited?”. If the answer is no to either of these questions, then don’t make it part of your sleep hygiene. Sure, you can pamper yourself and go the extra mile from time to time- and major props for you taking the time to do so! But when it comes to sleep hygiene, establish a baseline. It’s that baseline that will signal to your brain that it’s time to switch to off-mode.
Sleep Hygiene FundamentalsThese are the 3 critical elements to establishing good sleep hygiene:
- Create Darkness 2 to 3 Hours Before Bed