It’s not just your body that needs to rest and recharge while you sleep. Your mind needs a break from the stresses of the day, too. Getting adequate sleep allows your mind and body to recharge, and it’s essential for your physical and mental well-being. Have you ever tried to fall asleep, but your mind won’t turn off? Or, instead of feeling refreshed in the morning, you feel like you ran a marathon? If these scenarios sound familiar, then you may need to delve into your “sleep hygiene.”
Fortunately, with just a few tweaks to your nightly routine and lifestyle, you could be on your way to developing healthier habits that can support a better night’s sleep.
Sleep hygiene encompasses healthy habits that can improve your ability to not only fall asleep, but help you remain asleep throughout the night, so you can wake up feeling refreshed and energized. Better sleep hygiene is equally about adding healthy habits to your bedtime routine and lifestyle, as well as breaking unhealthy habits that can lead to poor quality sleep.
Here are some healthy sleep habits to add into your lifestyle:
And here are unhealthy habits that may be causing you to have poor sleep:
When it comes to preparing for a restful night’s sleep, keep these three words in mind: “dark,” “cool,” and “quiet.” Think of your bedroom as a sleep sanctuary where your body and mind can unwind. Here are some ideas to set your bedroom up for your best night’s sleep:
Did you know what you eat throughout the day can impact how well you sleep at night? Making a few key changes to your eating habits may be just what you need to prepare your body for a better night’s sleep. If you are looking to improve your sleep habits, try these natural and tasty nutrition tips:
The New Mayo Clinic Diet’s meal plans cover all these healthy eating habits and fit into any lifestyle. Check out our sample meal plans.
Whoever said old habits are hard to break clearly hasn’t tried the New Mayo Clinic Diet’s Habit Optimizer tool! This tool is designed to help you build healthy new habits and break unhealthy old habits so you can improve your health, weight and your sleep. Say goodbye to poor quality sleep and hello to a healthier lifestyle and weight loss.
Learn more about the Habit Optimizer tool, along with other benefits that come with the New Mayo Clinic Diet.
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