A Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid mattress was provided to me from Simmons Bedding Company free of charge. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.
Feeling foggy, irritable, or plain worn out? Lack of sleep can leave you scattered the next day and can even lead to chronic, long-term diseases. Several factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep are family responsibilities, stress, pressures from work, relationship issues or illness. The one that plagues me is that I can’t turn off my brain and relax. Although you can’t control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can incorporate habits into your nightly bedtime routine that ensure a good night’s sleep!
Stick to a Sleep Schedule
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. This forces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. My doctor says I should fall asleep within about 15 minutes. He recommends if it is taking longer than that to get up and do something, then go back to bed when you’re tired. I have found this to be helpful: I used to just lay there and toss and turn.
Pay Attention to What You Eat and Drink
Don’t go to bed either hungry or stuffed. I never had this problem until I got older. Now I have to make sure I don’t eat anything spicy too close to bedtime and definitely watch caffeine intake. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to get out of bed and take a few Tums. Don’t forget to limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent those late night trips to the bathroom.
Make sure you replace your old mattress. The aches and pains you attribute to age could very well be your mattress. Sleeping on a new mattress with the comfort level you choose can increase sleep quality and decrease pain. Though most people realize that a good mattress is essential to good sleep quality, they often wait longer than they should. I upgraded to the Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid mattress and sleep better and wake feeling refreshed!
Regular physical activity is essential to better sleep. Whether it’s spending time at the gym or walking the dog, any type of exercise will help you to fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep. Make sure to exercise in the morning or during the day so you are not too energized to fall asleep.
Do Not Take Naps During the Day
Daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you’re struggling with insomnia or poor sleep quality at night, just don’t. If you feel you really need a nap, limit yourself to about 10 to 30 minutes and make it during the mid-afternoon.
Do you have any sleep tips you’d like to share?