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Getting Better Sleep Is Easier Than You Think

Getting Better Sleep Is Easier Than You Think

 Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Credit: CC0 Public Domain

When we think of successful people, we imagine the driven startup founder—the kind of person who sends emails from his tablet at midnight, chugs cup after cup of small batch, artisanal coffee during the day, and is always in transit to another meeting.  His day is full from the moment he wakes up until his head hits the pillow.  But the one thing he isn’t doing is sleeping.  Apparently, a big chunk of the American population isn’t getting enough sleep—34.8% to be exact.

This is a big deal; so much so that Arianna Huffington has built an entire brand out of promoting the benefits of sleep.  She’s on a quest to renew our relationship with sleep and reduce sleep deprivation, but how do we do that?  How do we get more sleep, and better-quality sleep at that?

Change your mattress

If you’ve had your mattress for the last decade, it might be time for you renew your bed.  A bad mattress can give you lower back pain, keep you tossing and turning all night, and even prevent you from entering REM (read: deep) sleep.  If these symptoms describe your daily life, you need to swap out your old mattress for something sparkly and new.  Hampton and Rhodes offers a high-quality mattress that prevents back pain and delivers a good nights’ sleep, thanks to the industry-leading design qualities of options like its Aruba hybrid mattress.  This mattress uses 7 layers of comfort foam and pocketed springs to provide ultimate comfort. 

Drink less

This might be bad news for those of you hoping to load up on eggnog this holiday season.  But the more alcohol you drink before bed, the harder it is to sleep.  This is because your buzz wears off in the middle of the night and disrupts your sleep pattern.  Of course, you can still enjoy your cocktails.  Just take it easy, especially when it’s close to bedtime.

Turn everything off

When you wake up in the morning, the sun peeking through your blinds often alerts your brain that it’s time to get moving.  Unfortunately, your devices do the same thing.  So, if the last thing you see before bed is your smartphone, your brain is still working full steam.  You haven’t given it any signals that it’s time to power down.  About an hour before bed, turn off the TV, the laptop, the tablet, the smartphone, and any other device within a foot of your bed.  Cozy up with a book or your journal instead, and when you get tired, your body will know it’s time to sleep.

Work out more

You don’t need to train like Kobe to get a good night’s sleep.  But you do need to get active.  Even just a few minutes of exercise can help you sleep more soundly at night.  Research has shown that regular exercisers get the best quality sleep.  Turn up your nose at all those CrossFit fanatics all you want.  They’re probably getting killer sleep every night.

Getting better sleep doesn’t involve doing anything drastic.  You just need to make a few adjustments, and you can join the 65% of the country that’s getting excellent shuteye on a nightly basis.

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