In this chapter, you will be learning about sleep. Before you begin reading, take the following quiz to assess your current sleep habits.

Healthy Choices

  1. Do you get 8½ to 9½ hours of sleep every night?
  2. If you suffer from a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea or nightmares, have you sought out forms of treatment?
  3. Do you go to bed at approximately the same time each night and get up at approximately the same time each morning?
  4. Do you follow the same sleeping pattern on weekends as throughout the week?
  5. Do you exercise for 20 to 30 minutes a day?
  6. Do you avoid caffeine in food or drinks in the hours leading up to your bedtime?
  7. Do you practice relaxation techniques like reading a book or taking a warm shower to wind down before bed?
  8. Have you created a cool, dark, and quiet environment in which you can sleep?
  9. Do you minimize the time you spend in front of a television, computer, or phone screen near the end of the day?
  10. Do you avoid napping for too long or too close to your bedtime, so you do not disrupt your normal sleep cycle?
  11. Count your “Yes” and “No” responses.