1. What Do You Do In Your Bedroom?
Your room should be a sanctuary reserved for only sleep and between-the-sheets romance. If your bedroom is also where you do homework, answer emails, call your mom, make shopping lists and eat snacks, you’ll have a harder time relaxing when you want to.
2. Are You Still Wired When You Go To Bed?
You’ve got to unplug. If you’re one to peruse Facebook, watch Letterman, or text your friends from the comfort of your own sheets, that computer screen could be disrupting your sleep. Try to ditch your electronics an hour before bedtime. Pick up an old-fashioned magazine instead.
3. Do You Have A Sleep Routine?
Or do you sometimes fall asleep in front of the TV at 9 p.m., but other times stay up working until midnight, and still other times crawl to bed at 2 a.m.? Talk about mixed signals. Choose a bedtime that’s about eight hours before you want to wake up, and stick to it each night.
4. When Do You Exercise?
One of the roughly million benefits of regular exercise is that it can deepen your sleep. But if you’re one to hit the treadmill while watching Jimmy Kimmel, rethink your routine. Vigorous exercise within two hours of bedtime can make it tough to fall asleep.
5. When Do You Consume Caffeine And Alcohol?
That after-dinner coffee or happy-hour bender may be wreaking havoc on your sleep routine. Shoot to avoid both caffeine and alcohol four to six hours before bedtime. And yes, a few beers may send some of us right to sleep, but later, the drop in blood-alcohol levels often wakes us up.
6. Are You A Napper?
There’s nothing wrong with a little mid-day siesta. But if you fall asleep during The Young and the Restless and then snooze through The Bold and the Beautiful, you may have an issue. Skipping or shortening your naps will likely help you sleep at night.
7. Do You Eat Before Bed?
Well, don’t. Not only are nighttime fridge raids rough for metabolism, but they can disrupt your sleep. Spicy foods are known to wake snoozers with a bout of heartburn. If you must indulge in a pre-bed bite, opt for snacks in lieu of heavy meals.
8. You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy…
If these tips are working, we wish you pleasant dreams. Sleep hygiene tips come from the National Sleep Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Matthew Mingrone, an otolaryngologist and lead physician for EOS Sleep California centers.
10. What’s Your Sleeping Environment Like?
Your bedroom should be dark, quiet, and a comfortable temperature. And how’s that bed? You may need to invest in a new mattress if you’re waking up sore, sleeping better when you’re away from home or having trouble remembering which president was in office when you bought your bed.