'Sleep hygiene' refers to the strategies you put in place to ensure you develop and maintain good habits, allowing you to have enough quality sleep.
Some basic strategies for ensuring a good night's sleep can include:
- turning off all technology before bed including mobile phones and television
- avoiding caffeine in the hours leading up to sleep
- getting some fresh air in the room, and
- starting a sleep routine and going to bed at the same time each day.
When you are trying to keep up with the demands of a busy schedule, cutting back on sleep may feel like your only option but over time, even minimal sleep loss can have an impact on your physical health, mood, energy, mental sharpness, and ability to handle stress. Lack of sleep can affect your judgment, coordination, and reaction times. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7 to 9 hours per day.
Read more in the Sleep Health Foundation's fact sheets.