Probably, most everyone reading this has heard the term "sleep hygiene", but what does it really mean? It obviously has to do with sleep, but it's a bit nebulous as to how to do it, and if you're doing it right. Well—rest easy—by the end of this blog, you'll be crystal clear about what sleep hygiene is and is not.
Let's first think about the word hygiene. Cleaning your body, brushing your teeth, grooming your hair, cleaning you clothing are all reasonable thoughts that spring to mind. What about cleaning your house? Your car? What about a clean diet? You get my point. Some people are going to differ, but the end result is we know it's about keeping yourself and at least the garments you have on right now, in good order.
So, let's apply that to sleep. Sleep hygiene is anything that you can do to ensure that you have the right environment for your body/brain to do what it needs to do to put you to sleep, and having your environment conducive to staying asleep, and getting quality sleep.