Seven Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

July 26, 2016

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

 

Are you sleep deprived? You’re not alone. According to the CDC, one-third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.

What qualifies as “getting enough sleep”? Adults between the ages of 18-60 should get at least seven hours of sleep a night to avoid potentially increasing their risk of developing obesity, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. Yeesh.

But getting seven hours of sleep each night is not always easy. Children, pets, stress and just dang ol’ insomnia can make regular sleep a hard thing to come by. That’s why we’ve listed some of our favorite tips for getting a good night’s sleep. And believe us, WE LOVE SLEEP AND COMFY BEDS AND TWENTY PILLOWS.

1.) Stick to a sleep schedule, even on the weekends. Try to keep your falling asleep and waking up times regular. This will help your body get into a natural rhythm.

2.) Avoid eating right before bed. Not only will it potentially cause disturbance in your sleep–upset tummy, getting up to go to the bathroom, really freakin’ weird dreams that involved dinosaurs having a tea party–it’s also just not healthy for you (it may increase your risk of stroke).

3.) Lay off the booze before bed. Alcohol might make you sleepy, but it will reduce your REM sleep, which can cause drowsiness the next day.

4.) Exercise! Being active throughout the day will help you get good and sleepy at night. Exercising will also make you healthier, and being healthier also helps with sleep.

5.) Invest in a bed, topper, linens etc. that work best for you. We know that mattresses can get costly, but having a mattress that supports you and offers you a good night’s rest is important. Luckily now there are plenty of affordable luxury mattresses, such Casper, Tuft & Needle, and Leesa.

6.) Avoid looking at your TV, smartphone or computer before heading to sleep. The blue light from electronics can disrupt your sleep. Also, if you watch scary movies or troubling news, it may cause for stressful dreaming.

7.) Try to limit naps. We all know naps are awesome, but if you take too long of a nap during the day, it may cause you to have trouble falling asleep later in the evening.

Sweet dreams!