Different people need different amounts of sleep to stay well. If you start to need more or less sleep than usual, it may be a sign of depression or mania. A regular sleep schedule and practices, also known as sleep hygiene, can help improve the quality of your sleep and ultimately your state of mind.
Sleep hygiene practices include
- going to sleep and waking at the same time each day;
- limiting time on your computer, phone or watching tv at least an hour before bed;
- stopping caffeine intake after a certain time of day (or completely, depending on your needs!); and
- creating a ritual before bed, such as drinking warm (non-caffeinated) tea, taking a bath, or reading a book.
Everyone has different needs when it comes to sleep. Exploring what practices support you to get the most restful sleep possible can play a major role in your wellness.