Benefits of Your Best Night Sleep
1. Buy a new mattress
Finding the right mattress can be a crazy, stressful experience. High pressure sales people combined with every store having their own name on the mattress makes it near impossible to comparison shop. Most online mattress companies now offer 100 night sleep trials or more which gives you the ability to test out the right mattress for you. If you don't like it, just send it back. Since you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, the right mattress is one of the most critical steps to better sleep.
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2. Choose the right bedding
Buy luxurious sheets and an exquisitely soft cashmere throw for the bed. An eco-friendly, hypoallergenic down comforter with a sumptuously soft duvet cover. Pillows, pillows, and more pillows. A roll for behind your neck, a wedge for behind your back, a full-body pillow for when your bed partner is away. Hypoallergenic, of course. And don’t forget your favorite stuffed animal or beloved pet. You can’t sleep without one.
3. Activate a calming scent
Lavender or eucalyptus linen mist can be spritzed across bedding and pillows before bed to relax your fatigued mind.
4. Cool Off
Reduce the temperature in your bedroom. Lower temps send a message to your body that it is time for sleep. Plus, a cooler room will get you into your plush, comfortable bedding sooner.
5. Take a bath
Easing into a hot bath creates a bedtime ritual of relaxing before getting into bed.
6. Get a massage
Have your partner give you an amazing massage. “Massage interrupts the neurohormones connected with sleeplessness and almost manually imposes sleep on you,” says therapist Belleruth Naparstek, M.S.
7. Take care of your needs
Sleep is so necessary for living a healthy and happier life. If your bedroom needs to be quieter, try ear plugs or white noise. Add an extra pillow to wrap your arm or leg around during the night.
8. Shut out the light
The darker the room, the better the shut eye. Streetlights, nightlights or moonlight can interrupt your sleep if your eyelids open as you move from one stage of sleep to the next. Sleep masks can also come to the rescue. See our updated guide to finding the best sleep mask
9. Block out the clock
Make sure your clock's face or phone display is turned away while sleeping. Getting a glimpse of the time is enough to end your perfect night's rest.
10. Wear socks to sleep
Odd as it sounds, studies have shown that wearing socks while you sleep helps you sleep.
11. Create a sleep routine
Studies have shown that going to bed around the same time every night help your body prepare for sleep.
12. Sleep in the buff
It’s easier to add or subtract sheets and blankets in the night rather than pulling off a long nightgown or a pair of fleece pajamas, says neurologist Charles J. Bae, M.D., a sleep specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center.
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