Researchers have been publishing sleep studies very frequently; there has been a growing concern that humans are achieving a lower quality of sleep than decades past. With our busy work lifestyles, commuting and the invention of everything technically conceivable, we have turned our bedrooms into a local electronic store; with cell phones, laptops, tablets, LED TVs, DVRs and satellite TV, there are a growing number of distractions. These distractions are causing us to get less and less sleep. Studies have also shown sleep is as important as diet and exercise. If you look at it this way, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep and the next day when the hunger cravings begin you are more likely to go after sugary or high carb foods that temporarily boost your energy levels. All the while knowing this may not be the healthiest choice available. As far as exercise is concerned, if your sleep experience was poor the night before you are not going to be fully rested nor reset with the energy levels to maintain a healthy fitness regimen. You may work out less or not at all because you just don’t have the energy.
What we like to do is to show our customers the benefits of a comfortable mattress while helping them find solutions to their environment that allow them to achieve quality sleep. We always like to start with how they are sleeping and go from there. No one mattress is perfect for everyone, but the constant everyone is looking for is support. You are welcome to come by and visit with any of our staff and we will be happy to assist you.
The following are some great sleep tips you may have heard before but are not practicing daily:
1. Going to bed the same time every day even on weekends (probably the most important).
2. Eliminating caffeine after lunch assuming you want to fall asleep by 9:00 p.m.
3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with nutrition and exercise including stretching.
4. Drinking plenty of water; experts say about “half your weight in ounces” (i.e. 200 lbs. = about 6 pints). Remember, we live in the desert.
5. Making your bedroom for sleep and sex only; leave TVs, laptops and cell phones out of the bedroom; also make your room clutter free.
6. Allowing time to wind down before you get in bed such as reading, taking a bath or shower (keep in mind to let your body cool off before getting in your bed).
7. If you have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom use only a flashlight; don’t turn on lights.
8. If your mind cannot let “it” rest, write down your thoughts on a notepad by your nightstand.