Sleeping Better

Experts recommend these to help you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start a new day.


 

 

"Sleep hygiene" originally referred to the cleanliness of the sleeping environment, especially with regard to bedbugs. In the 19th Century many beds even had the posts sit in pots of oil to prevent insects from crawling up into the bed. Mattresses were manually pulled tight with draw-strings, to provide firmness. Cleaning floors and rugs was harder in those days before the invention of power vacuum cleaners. And contagious diseases were more prevalent. So "sleep hygiene" literally referred to how clean and hygienic the sleeping space was.

In contemporary usage, sleep hygiene refers all the practices and habits that help you get restful sleep. This includes comfort of bedding, room temperature and light level, noise level, regular bedtimes, and how recently you ate and exercised before going to bed. Attention to sleep hygiene is the first thing to look to when people have trouble sleeping.

Other factors that influence sleeping and waking are posture, exercise level, noise, light level, and mood.

The suprachiasmatic nucleus in the brain’s anterior hypothalamus controls circadian rhythms, taking cues from the external environment.

Check out our sleep resources page for more information. And guidelines for The Smart Sleeper.

“What hath night to do with sleep?”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

 

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