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May Is Better Sleep Month!

The goal of ‘Better Sleep Month’ is to encourage people to establish better sleeping patterns. After all, we can all agree that sleep is one of the most important factors when embracing a healthy lifestyle.

We know that getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night has a great list of benefits, including helping you maintain a healthy weight, feeling energized, concentrating more easily and protecting your long-term health. Many people like to talk about how they can function on little sleep, but why not brag about maintaining a healthy life by getting the proper amount of sleep?

Inadequate sleep can lead to an increase in blood pressure and stress hormone production which can lead to the body becoming stressed. These consequences of poor sleep also include mood swings, irritability, stress, and a weakened immune system.

Long term poor sleep may be linked to serious problems including narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea.

How Much Sleep Is Needed?

Many studies and experts have revealed that anywhere between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of sleep is optimal. But, it is important to know that better sleep does not refer to just the length of time we actually sleep since better sleep is quality sleep! Some state that 6 hours of deep and uninterrupted sleep can be more beneficial than 8 hours of light and interrupted sleep.

How To Get Better Sleep:

  • Establish a routine sleep schedule by sleeping at the same time each day of the week (yes, including weekends).
  • Unwind and relax before sleeping. Before hitting the bed, try to limit any stimulating activities such as exercising and working. Find a relaxing activity such as reading, instead.
  • Embracing a healthy lifestyle with exercise and a healthy diet can contribute to better sleep. This can be done by avoiding alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine close to bedtime.
  • Create an optimal sleeping environment by making the room dark, ventilated, and an appropriate temperature. Blackout blinds are helpful in sealing out light in the area.

 

The Better Sleep Council is a great resource to learn more about how you can get a good night’s sleep not just in May, but every month.  Their mission revolves around helping people understand how a quality mattress aids in sleeping more soundly – from choosing the right mattress to tips on sleep.

Whether you are looking for interesting sleep facts, or you want to learn more on the research side of things, their site is a one-stop-shop for everything sleep!

 

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