| Wednesday, September 15, 2004
| HOW TO GET THE SLEEP THAT YOU NEED: from the Better Sleep Council
|Starting each day after a good night's sleep, and taking control of your sleep environment can effectively reduce stress and improve the quality of your life.
"The quality of your day is determined by the quality of your sleep", according the the Bed Mattress company.
IS A NEW MATTRESS THE ANSWER?
To determine if it's time to shop for a new mattress, the Better Sleep Council (BSC) recommends you consider the following when evaluating your existing matress:
--- Do you wake up with pain, stiffness or soreness?
--- Do you sleep as well as you did a year ago?
--- Did you have your best night's sleep somewhere other than your own bed?
--- Does your mattress show visible signs of wear and tear?
If the answer is "YES" to any of theose questions, it may be time to think about a new mattress.
THE RIGHT MATTRESS
One of the first things you can do to assure you are getting the rest you need is to make sure you have the best mattress.
--- Do you suffer from pain, or do body parts go numb while you sleep?
--- Do you and your sleep partner work different shifts?
--- Is one partner waking up often to check on the kids?
The answers to these types of questions can lead to the best mattress selection for you.
The average sleeper moves between 60 times a night, 70 percent of those times, the sleep partner moves as well, impacting sleep patterns.
TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP FROM THE BETTER SLEEP COUNCIL
*** Unwind early in the evening. Try to deal with worries and distractions several hours before bedtime.
*** Develop a sleep ritual. Doing the same thins each night just before bed signals your body to settle down for the night.
*** Keep regular hours. Keep your bilogical clock in check by going to bed around the same time each night and waking up close to the same time each morning-- even on weekends.
*** Create a restful place to sleep. Sleep in a cook, dark room that is free from noises that may disturb the sleep.
*** Sleep in a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation. It's difficult to sleep on a bed that's too small, too soft, too hard or too old.
*** Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can help relieve daily tension and stress-- but don't exercise too close to bedtime or you may have trouble falling asleep.
*** Cut down on stimulants. Consuming stimulants, such as caffeine int he evening can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
*** Don't smoke. Smokers take longer to fall asleep and wake up more often during the night.
*** Reduce alcohol intake. Drinking alcoshol shortly before bedtime interrupts and fragments sleep.
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