The saying, “They woke up on the wrong side of the bed,” has some truth behind it. Sleep is very much connected to mental and emotional health and has been linked to depression, anxiety, and other conditions. Mental health conditions tend to make it harder to sleep for some, and we know poor sleep, including insomnia, can be a factor in mental health conditions.
To improve your sleep hygiene, create new habits and bedroom settings that are more conducive to sleep and that help reduce sleep disruptions.
If you’re looking for help, here are a few tips to get you started:
- Stick to a sleep schedule, even on the weekends and vacations.
- Turn off electronics.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and large, fatty meals before bed.
- Get regular exercise and natural light exposure during the day.
- Increase the comfort and support provided by your mattress, pillows, and bedding.
- Block out any excess light and sound that could disrupt sleep.
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