Did you know planning for a good night's sleep begins the moment you wake up in the morning? From sunrise to sunset, your behaviors throughout the day ultimately determine whether you'll count 1,000 sheep or drift off sweetly to sleep. Though most of us aren't able to decide what time we're supposed to arrive at work, or when we're supposed to pick up the kids from school, we do have the ability to control our own actions and thoughts (even if they're only the ones inside our heads)!
Sleep experts agree that most people need an average of 8 hours of sleep per night to fully feel rested yet an amazing 75% of adults report daytime sleepiness that affects their day.
Take back your sleep and begin planning now for a blissful night of rest with these helpful tips from the premier mattress chain, *Sleep Number:
Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, getting up and going to bed at the same time every night. This helps your body get into a routine.
Make sleep a priority not just what is left in the day. It's one of the most important things you do all day so, do not neglect it.
Nap only when needed, you want to go to bed tired at night. A nap should be no more than 15 - 30 minutes.
Eat right, but not right before bed. Try to give yourself 3 hours after your last meal.
Create the perfect bedroom: around 65 to 68 degrees, no light, white noise only or quiet, get the largest mattress your bedroom can accommodate. ( The average sleeper makes 40-60 shifts per night with more than a dozen being full turns. Give your partner some room!)
Eliminate coffee after noon. Opt for herbal tea instead as it can take 7 hours for caffeine to wear off.
*As the leader in sleep innovation, Sleep Number Corporation delivers the best quality sleep through effortless, adjustable comfort and biometric sleep tracking. Sleep Number’s proprietary SleepIQ® technology platform – one of the most comprehensive databases of biometric consumer sleep data – is proving the connection between sleep and well-being.