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Getting a good sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your physical and mental health. Proper rest improves your mood, productivity, and overall quality of life, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. That’s where sleep hygiene comes in. Sleep hygiene means developing and maintaining healthy sleep habits that can help you get the best rest possible — and even small changes can make a big difference.

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1. Adopt a regular sleep schedule

Keeping regular sleeping hours is one of the most important steps in maintaining good sleep hygiene. Most adults need between six and nine hours a night, so the amount you need to feel truly rested likely falls within this range. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day trains your body to sleep and regulates your internal clock. And, yes, that includes weekends and holidays. While it may sound tempting to sleep in late on the weekend to catch up on missed sleep, you risk disrupting your sleep schedule. If you train your body to sleep when it's bedtime, you shouldn't have any missed sleep to catch up on, anyway!

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