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April 2023: What is sleep hygiene?

Sleep hygiene is all the buzz when it comes to improving your sleep. But what is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene is simply optimizing your environment and daily habits for better sleep. Some quick ways to improve sleep hygiene include:

  • Prioritize your sleep to get the full amount of sleep you need each night.
  • Keep a consistent sleep routine.
  • Optimize your sleep environment to exude tranquility.
  • Cultivate daily healthy habits.

Foods for healthy sleep

While there are no magic sleep-inducing foods that immediately cause drowsiness, research shows that the foods below may help:

  • Lean protein
  • Heart-healthy fats
  • Foods high in magnesium
  • Calming beverages
  • Fresh herbs

Tips for better sleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, or has daylight saving time interfered with your sleep? If so, you are not alone. There are many things that can interfere with good sleep. Sleep is important because it helps boost immunity to fight illness, and it is necessary for optimal brain function. Furthermore, chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many conditions like diabetes, depression, and obesity. So how much sleep does a person need? Most adults 18 – 64 years of age need seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

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