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Does sleep hygiene mean being clean before you go to bed?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: NO

Sleep hygiene encompasses good habits, sleep environment that are conducive to sleep.
For instance, keeping regular bedtimes and wake up times, using your bedroom only for sleep rather than tv watching, etc. It also means keeping healthy eating and drinking before bed such as avoiding caffeine or sugar right before bed. Remember to think of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle.

In brief: NO

Sleep hygiene encompasses good habits, sleep environment that are conducive to sleep.
For instance, keeping regular bedtimes and wake up times, using your bedroom only for sleep rather than tv watching, etc. It also means keeping healthy eating and drinking before bed such as avoiding caffeine or sugar right before bed. Remember to think of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No (:

Retire & rise same time each day.
Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent.

In brief: No (:

Retire & rise same time each day.
Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not specificly

Sleep hygiene is more to do with having a good routine for ending your day & excluding those factors known to interrupt sleep.
Avoiding large meals before bedtime that could promote reflux, avoiding foods or drinks that include things like caffeine or alcohol that can promote urine flow & interruption of sleep for a potty run.Disposing of the days problems in a way that you can get productive rest.

In brief: Not specificly

Sleep hygiene is more to do with having a good routine for ending your day & excluding those factors known to interrupt sleep.
Avoiding large meals before bedtime that could promote reflux, avoiding foods or drinks that include things like caffeine or alcohol that can promote urine flow & interruption of sleep for a potty run.Disposing of the days problems in a way that you can get productive rest.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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