Do you often feel that you could have had better rest? Do you roll in bed restlessly until the small hours? Or maybe you wake up in the middle of the night, not being able to fall back asleep? Is there anything that can be done at that point?
Fortunately, all hope is not lost.
Instead of worrying about the previous night, you should move your gaze to the next one and beyond. Keep a close eye on what you do during the day. Your daily habits and routines (and the lack of them) play a massive part in getting better sleep. The choices you make from the minute you wake up till the end of the day all play a role in how your night turns out and how refreshed you feel the next morning.
Do you exercise daily, at least a little?
At what times do you eat and have meals?
Do you work until late at night?
Do you consume too much caffeine?
Is your bedroom dark enough?
Do you fall asleep on the couch in the evenings?
All these little things and habits, among many others, are building blocks for good sleep hygiene.
People who actively take care of their sleep hygiene are generally sleeping much better than the people who don’t. Sleep hygiene is one of the most important parts of this coaching content, and we will visit this theme plenty during the following lessons. We hope to give you a lot of tools to master your sleep hygiene!
Habits From This Lesson
Brown, F. C., Buboltz, W. C., & Soper, B. (2002). Relationship of sleep hygiene awareness, sleep hygiene practices, and sleep quality in university students. Behavioral Medicine, 28(1), 33–38.
Winter, W. C. (2017). The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix it. Penguin.