By Dr. Neil Kline, American Sleep Association
Sleep hygiene refers to behavioral interventions that have the intention of promoting good sleep opportunities. They are based on basic biologic principals, and by understanding these principals and adjusting lifestyles to maximize sleep opportunity, sleep can be maximized. A well-rested person has more energy during the daytime and is able to perform optimally.
The principles of sleep hygiene are broken into a few different categories: schedule, environment, activities, and intake. Just like dental hygiene, sleep hygiene can help to avoid unhealthy outcomes. Here are a list of tips from SleepBetter and the ASA:
Have a quiet, comfortable bedroom
Maintain a regular sleep routine
Don’t stay in bed awake for more than 5-10 minutes
Don’t watch TV or read in bed
Drink caffeinated drinks with caution
Avoid substances that interfere with sleep
Dr. Neil Kline is a representative of American Sleep Association. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. For more information on the ASA, visit their website.