I'm lying awake in my bed. I should be asleep. I don't want to look at the clock on the table because I know when I do, it will tell me the devastating truth. I have to get up soon. Why can't I sleep? and when I do…why can't I stay asleep?
These are thoughts that plague many of us. I don't know about you, but sleep is what keeps me alive. People may say it's food and air, but I don't believe 'em. How many of us crave sleep only to find that when we get it, it's fleeting and shallow? I have tried the good ‘ole proverb, “early to bed, early to rise…” but I just can't seem to get my body to cooperate. Sleep is so important to our health and a lot of illnesses and ailments (stress, anxiety, depression, etc) can be traced back to lack of sleep or quality sleep. But what can we do help our bodies understand when it's time to sleep and to stay asleep longer? Here are three things that I have incorporated into my life to help me sleep better:
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- Sleep in your bed. Your bed is for sleeping, not reading, not checking on Facebook/twitter/instagram. When you do other things on your bed, you're teaching your body that the bed is just another spot in the house to be awake. Teach your body that the bed is for sleeping by only sleeping in it. When it's bed time, put your phone, tablet and or computer away. It may take a couple of days to get into the habit but it's worth it.
- Regular exercise will help you sleep better, but make sure not to exercise an hour before bedtime or it could keep you up.
- Sleep in the dark. Your bed room needs to be as dark as possible. Turn off all the lights. If a nightlight is needed to help you navigate to the bathroom, that's fine but make sure its a low light. If complete darkness is unattainable, get an eye mask if needed. You wouldn't believe how big of a difference it make to the quality of your sleep when you just sleep in the dark.
- Relax or Take a Bath. Taking a bath will relax your body and help you wind down for bed, as will other activities that naturally help you relax such as reading a book.
- Sleep on a quality mattress. I was under the naive thinking that a bed is a bed and all mattresses are the same. How wrong was I? The mattress you are sleeping can make all the difference. Mattresses can be a bit pricey but I honestly look at it as an investment, an investment into health and happiness.
This weekend, I was able to experience the comfort and restfulness that come from a Sleep Number mattress. Oh boy, no mattress will ever compare.
I walked into the store and was told to lie down on one of the beds so that they could calculate my sleep number.
Available with all their SLEEP NUMBER® beds is the SleepIQ® technology which gives you the knowledge to adjust for your best sleep. They were able to change the mattress from firm to soft and everything in between. Once I told them where I felt most comfortable, they told me my sleep number is 35. Here is what the SleepIQ® technology looks like: These mattresses have sensors that work along with Advanced DualAir™ technology inside the bed, that measures average breathing rate, average heart rate, movement and bed presence to show you the quality of your sleep. It was so easy, there was nothing to wear, nothing to turn on! All you have to do is sleep.
Now I just have to convince husband. I'm planning to get him into the Sleep Number store and onto one of those heavenly mattresses to help with my convincing. I was actually very surprised at the prices of the different mattresses. They start at $999 which isn't that much more than getting an ordinary mattress set! If you want to learn more go here, and leave a comment as to why you want to learn more about SleepIQ technology, or why you want/need a Sleep Number bed. Or use the Sleep Number store locator to find a store near you!
What's YOUR Best Tip for a Great Night's Sleep?