Sleep Hygiene

Definition - What does Sleep Hygiene mean?

Sleep hygiene is defined as a normal pattern of rest that occurs during nighttime as part of a biorhythmic cycle that all people require in order to maintain healthy lives. Proper sleep hygiene involves receiving adequate rest, typically eight hours, to regain alertness for the following day. Sleep hygiene also means avoiding bad habits that can induce sleep deprivation, which can lead to chronic fatigue, which incidentally, can impair alertness both at home and work.

WorkplaceTesting explains Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene pertains to the regular biological cycle of rest that all people need during the night in order to re-energize the body’s alternating state of wakefulness throughout each consecutive day to sustain mental acuity and reduce development of serious medical problems posing life-threatening risks including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and hypertension. Sleep hygiene tends to be a concept that falls by the wayside for many people as inadequate sleeping patterns coupled with adverse habits before bedtime like eating food and/or consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages can disturb the sleep/wake cycle.

Employers can adopt soluble methods to address proper sleep hygiene to their employees by introducing fatigue management programs that are ergonomic and practical like nap rooms used during short breaks and giving workers a platform to suggest and coordinate other methods to foster better sleep hygiene.

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