Elements of Good Sleep Hygiene

June 4, 2020

A good night's sleep is foundational to maximal functioning, lowered stress, good reaction time, and enhanced cognitive function. Strategies discussed here.

A good night's sleep is foundational to maximal functioning, lowered stress, good reaction time, enhanced cognitive function, and more. For many individuals, when they experience difficulty falling asleep the first inclination is to take some type of medication--a prescription drug for insomnia or an over-the-counter medicine, many types of which are readily available at pharmacies, grocery stores, and convenience stores. Other individuals may turn to cannabis or alcohol. However, all medications or mind-altering agents have adverse effects and risks.

Alternatives exist that can provide lasting benefits to promote predictable, restful sleep through behaviors that enhance the likelihood of falling and staying asleep. Collectively, these behaviors are called "good sleep hygiene." This video will review the many types of behavioral changes that can contribute to falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up in the morning feeling refreshed.

Dr Miller is Medical Director, Brain Health, Exeter, NH; Editor in Chief, Psychiatric Times (2019 - ); Staff Psychiatrist, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Exeter, NH; Consulting Psychiatrist, Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH; Consulting Psychiatrist, Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA.