A good night’s sleep is essential for our health and well-being. So many functions in the body are in motion while our eyes are closed. In fact, getting good quality sleep at night can protect and prolong our mental health, physical health, quality of life and even safety. For children and young adults, sleeping does a lot to support growth and development.
However, according to a recent survey by Consumer Reports
, out of 4,023 United States adults, 27 percent said they had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights. 68 percent, or an estimated 164 million Americans, struggle with sleep at least one a week.
Sleep deprivation can seriously affect the brain. Usually, if we don’t get enough sleep, we have trouble concentrating, solving problems, controlling emotions and making decisions.
In terms of physical health, sleep is involved in healing and repairing the heart and blood vessels so one would assume that sleep deprivation can put one at risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
Sleep deprivation can cause many other issues. Educating yourself on the dangers of sleep deprivation can take you one step closer to sleeping soundly each night. To get started, we have compiled a list of 3 healthy sleep habits to create the best recipe for a sound, true cycle of sleep.
1. Keep a consistent sleep schedule
Life gets busy. With a busy schedule and inconsistent days, we can sometimes get in the bad habit of going to sleep at different times every night. While sometimes this truly can’t be helped, it is important to be aware that keeping a regular sleep and wake schedule can really improve our quality of sleep while we are asleep, and even our lives.
According to Phillips
, “Getting adequate sleep every night might be a tall order. Work demands and active lifestyles can interfere with sleep, and excessively busy schedules can often extend past your usual or ideal bedtimes. Acknowledging that insufficient sleep is a problem is the first step in gaining the awareness necessary to put you on a path toward better sleep.”
Keeping our lives on a daily routine and schedule is a chain reaction of goodness for our bodies. If you go to sleep early, you wake up early. You will have time to make and eat a big breakfast, you may have more time to work out and complete all of the tasks on the to-do list. At the end of the day, you can get to bed early because there isn’t anything else to do and it all repeats the next day.
It is important to note that this change will not happen overnight. Changing your bedtime and wakeup time in increments of 15 minutes a day can help your body adjust.
2. Design your room in a way conducive to sleep
The first step into a room you actually want to sleep in is to invest in a really good mattress. Each person is unique in which mattress type they prefer. It is recommended to test mattresses out at a store to determine which mattress is comfortable depending on your preference.
Luckily, here at Wholesale Mattress Center, you will find the widest variety of mattresses in the region. We provide a full range of selections from Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Simmons, Beautyrest, and Stearns & Foster, and many more. We can pair you with the perfect mattress for your rest, your lifestyle, and your budget.
The next step is to eliminate any and all clutter. It is a great habit to be in to put things away right when you are finished with them. Albert Einstein got it right when he said “a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind.''
Similarly, a lot of furniture will create clutter. It can also prove more surface space to create mess. While furniture is sometimes essential, investing in beautiful, simple pieces is a great idea. Finding a piece that is visually and aesthetically pleasing can help calm the mind before going to sleep.
At Wholesale Mattress Center, we want to meet all of your decorating needs. Our large inventory includes quality furnishings for every space in your home - bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, home offices, and more. Choose from an extensive collection of chairs, sofas, tables, armoires, bedroom sets, dining sets, and decorative accent pieces. We can conveniently order everything you need to furnish your home.
3. Advice on eating, drinking, and exercise
It might go without saying to cut out caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and other chemicals before bedtime, if not all together. These can keep you awake at night and even lead to heartburn at night. Avoiding these substances 4-6 hours before bedtime is ideal if you wish to partake in them throughout the day.
In terms of water, it is suggested by NRS Lifespan
to be mindful about how much water you consume before bedtime. They suggest to drink enough to keep you from waking up thirsty, but not so much that you will wake up many times to use the restroom.
Where eating is concerned, eating pizza or anything heavy late at night can cause insomnia, or restless sleep. Dinner should be consumed several hours before bedtime. However, if you do become hungry before bed, a light snack will suffice, just not anything that could cause heartburn or indigestion.
Exercise can also help one fall asleep and stay asleep more deeply if it is done consistently. Exercise is stimulating and even makes your body produce a hormone that helps trigger alertness in one’s brain. If exercise is done before 2 p.m., this mechanism can help the body feel tired later in the evening.
Now that you know some tips to help you sleep, you can focus on what you’re actually sleeping on. As stated above, finding a mattress is the first step in a healthy sleep cycle. At Wholesale Mattress Center, we want to help you find a mattress that you feel most comfortable sleeping on. Our offerings include mattresses and accessories by Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Simmons, Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster, and many more.
Located on Opelika Road, our showroom is convenient to both Auburn and Opelika, and our delivery service extends throughout Lee County and beyond. Our expert knowledge of sleep technology and our second-to-none customer service are the qualities that truly set us apart. Our friendly staff can help you find the perfect choice for your sleep comfort, at any price range.
While finding a mattress can be overwhelming, at Wholesale Mattress Center, our detail-oriented specialists will work personally with you to help you get the best night's sleep possible. Contact us
at (334) 821-0558 and come see us today!