This post about how much sleep do we need and how to sleep better is brought to you by Sleep Number. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.
I am an early bird. I do not mind waking up in the morning to start the day but by 9 pm put me in a lateral position and I am out for the night. However I don’t think I am getting the right amount of sleep each night as I toss and turn. A few weeks ago we talked about sleep deprivation and how knowing your Sleep IQ can help get more sleep.
So how Much Sleep do you actually need? Many experts believe that between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of sleep a night is optimal. However, better sleep does not refer to just the length of time we sleep. Actually the quality of sleep is more important that the quantity. According to The better Sleep Council: 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep is more beneficial than 8 hours of light interrupted sleep.
Tips To Sleep Better**: This is great for adults and Kids
- Establish a consistent sleep schedule by sleeping at the same time each day of the week (including weekends). As awful as it seems, also put on an alarm even on the weekends.
- Relax before sleeping. Put away those iPads and running shoes. Instead take out a magazine or book or do relaxation exercises.
- Too hot or too cold can create a less than optimal sleeping environment. Put light reducing blinds, make sure any electronics even the cable box are turned off. Computer or phone chargers often have lights that are distracting and have a ceiling fan if possible to move the air. Ensure your bedding is of adequate quality
- Do your fur balls or kids sleep with you? You might need to get a larger bed with enough space to share. My husband likes to sleep in the middle of the bed so size would not matter.
- Watch what you eat and drink before bed. Avoid sugar, caffeine and even alcohol can disrupt sleep. I may fall asleep quickly after a glass of two of wine, but sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night with a headache.
- ** It does take up to thirty days to break a habit, so be patient.
Currently, few Americans actually track their sleep like they do other parts of their lives, 43% track exercise, 41% track diet, but only 16% track sleep. Sleep Number® DualAir™ technologymakes tracking your sleep easy – with SleepIQ® technology, you have nothing to wear, nothing to turn on All you have to do is sleep. I am anxious to try the SleepIQ® technology system and use the data to identify routines and factors that affect my sleep. SleepIQ® technology is available with all Sleep Number beds and it is time to commit to sleeping better. Who wants to join me the month and #CommittToSleep Campaign?
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What will you do different to change up your habits and sleep better?