Just like any other habit that you practise throughout the day, sleep hygiene should be something that remains consistent as well.
In a message sent Monday to UWindsor faculty and staff, Human Resources shares tips to help improve your sleep quality and duration:
- Modify your bedroom. Make your room dark and cool prior to sleep.
- Shut it down. Turning off televisions, computers, and mobile devices at night will help you doze off quicker and stay asleep longer.
- No caffeine after 2 p.m. If you have an afternoon coffee at 4 p.m., half of it is likely still in your system by 9 p.m. when you should start trying to wind down for the night.
- Eat an early dinner. Eating your last big meal early means your body has more time to digest it before bedtime.
- Make your bedtime and waketime a habit. Set a consistent time for when you go to bed and wake up each day, allowing for at least seven hours of sleep.
These tips are courtesy of Lancer fitness and sport conditioning co-ordinator Mike McMahon. Read the entire Wellness Tip of the Week.