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What Is Sleep Hygiene?

Sleep hygiene concerns your sleep habits, which play a critical role in your overall health. Good sleep hygiene means practicing daily routines that support your body’s natural ability to fall asleep, reach deep sleep, and stay asleep throughout the night. Practicing proper sleep hygiene means you're more likely to wake feeling rested.

This article will further explain the basics of sleep hygiene, why good sleep habits are important to your health, and how you can get a good night’s sleep. Read more in Verywell.

How Healthy Sleep Habits Can Improve Quality of Life Indicators

Consistent quality sleep can help improve quality of life indicators such as happiness and wellbeing, says a new study published in the journal PLOS One in which researchers analyzed data from the annual Czech Household Panel Survey 2018-2020. They add the quality of sleep is more important than the length of sleep. Experts say you can achieve quality sleep by having consistent bedtime routines. Read more in Healthline.

3 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Sleep Difficulties: How to Get Better Rest

Americans are not getting enough sleep and are feeling sleepy during the day. Emerson Wickwire, PhD, a sleep medicine expert at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor and section head of Sleep Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, tells Healthline this is the biggest takeaway from a new study published in JAMA Network Open.

“Sleep is like a nutrient for the body and brain,” he said. “Obtaining adequate sleep is vital for a healthy body and calm mind.” Along with getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, experts say the key to good sleep is consistency. Read more in Healthline.

What Is Restless Sleep?

Restless sleep is when you struggle to fall asleep, toss-and-turn in the night, wake from sleep often, and generally do not feel rested. Seventy percent of Americans report poor or restless sleep at least one night a month, and 11% report poor sleep every night.

This article will detail the symptoms of restless sleep, some common causes, and what treatment options may be available. You’ll learn what restless sleep looks like, why it’s happening, and what to do next. Read more in Verywell.

What You Can Do Before Daylight Saving Time to Help Your Body Adjust

Failing to prepare for daylight saving time (DST) can have consequences.

Increased risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, and even strokes the Monday after the “spring forward” in March is associated with losing the seasonal hour of sleep, say experts.

It’s known as the “DST effect.” Read more in Healthline.

Yes, COVID-19 and Lockdowns Could Be Giving You Nightmares — Here’s How to Sleep More Peacefully

COVID-19 has literally become a nightmare for some people. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology notes that more than half of all distressing dreams reported these days involve the novel coronavirus. Experts agree bad dreams are caused by stress and anxiety and offer several at-home approaches. Read more in Healthline.

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