Sleep hygiene is tough because we all have different needs! But there are a few things you can do to maximize your sleep and it might take a bit to regulate into this new rhythm so don’t get too discouraged.
1. Limit electronics before bed. At least 30 mins but try to aim for an hour. This includes tv, your phone, laptop, kindle or iPad! I know, I know. This one is hard even for me! Time to go back to old school paper books and magazines.
2. Keep your bedtime clean and tidy. It can be hard to sleep if its being stimulated by your surroundings. The bedroom should be a sanctuary and where your body associates it with sleep.
3. Wake up and go to bed at the same time each day, including weekends! If this is hard because you wake up SUPER early during the week try to keep it within an hour.
4. Try breathing techniques after getting in bed to relax. You can also try some PMR, progressive muscle relaxation, which is when you focus on individual muscle groups to clench then relax. I’ll go more in depth of this next week!
How do you know when you have gotten good sleep? You should wake up easily and feel refreshed!