How many times have you said this to your alarm clock: “5 more minutes!”
How many times have you wanted to smash the darn thing like Garfield does because it keeps going off?
I know I used to ALL the time! I even tried the tricks of the alarm trade to stop hitting the snooze button and get up the first time – turn the alarm on blast, move it across the room, etc., only to fall back in bed and go back to sleep. LOL
Nowadays, my remedy to combat this is to go to bed and wake up nearly the same time each day – including the weekends, which was hard because I wanted to sleep in on the weekends. Needless to say, I now have a regular sleep routine and my body is on it like clockwork (mostly)! 🙂
Recently, I ran across the infographic below by TastyPlacement describing the basics of sleep and reasons why we should have good sleep habits (or referred to as sleep hygiene).
So pay attention to the sleep hygiene tips below so you can stop or prevent problems due to poor sleep habits.
Sleep: there is a lot more to it than closing your eyes, counting sheep, and waking the next day. The sleep habits (and the sleep disorders) of people worldwide are becoming more complex and problematic. Nearly 40 million people in the United States, out of a population of 307 million, have a chronic sleep disorder. Poor sleep habits–or sleep “hygiene“–leads to over 1500 deaths and 71,000 injuries annually in the United States.
There are plenty of steps you can take to improve your own sleep habits. Relaxation before bedtime, and a hot bath can improve the quality of your sleep. Caffeine, nicotine and alchoholic drinks, especially at night, can disturb your sleep. All persons should monitor their daily sleep and wake times, and track both the quality and quantity of sleep. Proper sleep habits can lead to lower blood pressure, better work performance, and can stave off diabetes, strokes and depression. We hope you enjoy the following infographic.
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Michael David is a search strategist and the founder, current CEO, and lead strategist at TastyPlacement, an Austin SEO company. He authored “WordPress 3.0 Search Engine Optimization”, hands-on, how-to guide to WordPress internet marketing on Packt Publishing.
How to Stop Hitting the Snooze Bar Every Morning
I thought I’d also share with you a video by Howcast depicting how to wean yourself off the snooze bar habit. Funny 🙂
Video Link: http://youtu.be/tml3ch-2x9Y
Over to you…
What steps do you take to establish good sleep habits or sleep hygiene? Please share in the comments below!