How Would You Rate Your “Sleep Hygiene”?
- Set a “sleep schedule”, which includes sticking to consistent bedtimes and wake times (even on weekends!) and avoiding naps. If you do nap, keep it to a 30-40 minute maximum.
- Make bedtime relaxing. Save the stimulating activities (exercise, intense problem-solving) for earlier on in the day, and reserve nighttime for winding down with relaxing activities, such as reading or a warm bath.
- Create a bedroom “sleep sanctuary”. Keep it cool, use comfortable bedding, and make sure it’s dark (cover up clocks or other sources of light if needed).