Say good-bye to
Not sleeping as well as you’d like to? Guess what? You have
company. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 56% of Americans
between the ages of 25 to 55 report sleep disturbances.
1 We all know poor sleep leaves you feeling cranky
the next day—or worse, it interferes with your productivity. So what can you do to improve sleep quality?
- Maybe it’s time to change the sheets more often. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., 78% of Americans are more excited to go to bed if bed sheets have a fresh scent, a finding reported in the foundation’s 2013 international Bedroom Poll.2
- Exercise also improves sleep. About 51% of people who exercise report
better sleep on days when they hit the gym or head outdoors for a walk
according to the 2013 Sleep in America Poll.
- When sleep evades you, try not to force it. Instead, get up and try a relaxing activity (like reading) until you feel drowsy.
- Avoid electronics (tablets, laptops) before bed. Bright screens sometimes interfere with sleep or make it difficult to fall asleep.4
- When possible, avoid alcohol before bed, otherwise you’re more likely to toss and turn.
- Cool temperatures help you sleep better. Experts suggest a room temperature between 60 to 67 degrees F.4
- If noise filters into the bedroom it may disrupt sleep. White noise like fans or humidifiers help mask noises like the TV or noisy neighbors.4
- If you enjoy an afternoon nap but can’t sleep at night, it may be time to nix the nap.4
Factoid—Did you know nearly 33% of your lifespan is dedicated to sleep? It’s true.5
Reference: 1. http://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-2013-international-bedroom-poll 2. http://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-2013-international-bedroom-poll 3. http://sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/RPT336%20Summary%20of%20Findings%2002%2020%202013.pdf 4. http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips">http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips 5. http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need