Build a Better Sleep Hygiene

Build a Better Sleep Hygiene

As we transition from March into April, and winter into spring, we move from discussing sleep into ways to reduce stress. A great topic at this time of year is sleep hygiene, which is simply a collection of habits and practices that promote good sleep quality. It encompasses both your sleep environment and your behavior around sleep.  And we all know that resting well can lead to a reduction in our stress!

Here are some ideas to consider as you evaluate your sleep hygiene routine:

  • Schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at consistent times each day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
  • Relaxing bedtime routine: Wind down before bed with calming activities like reading, taking a warm bath, or listening to soothing music. Avoid stimulating activities like watching TV or using electronic devices for at least an hour before bed. The blue light emitted from electronics can interfere with sleep.
  • Sleep environment: Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, cool, and clutter-free. Invest in blackout curtains, earplugs, and a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Healthy habits: Exercise regularly, however be sure to avoid strenuous activity close to bedtime. Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bed, as they can disrupt sleep.
  • Light exposure: Get plenty of natural sunlight during the day, especially in the morning. This helps regulate your circadian rhythm. Limit exposure to bright lights in the evening.

And if you are considering chiropractic care as a next step in your stress reduction efforts, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with Dr. Desiree Van Bogart at Desired Health Chiropractic to learn how to support your overall health.


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