GW’s Guide to a Better Night’s Sleep

Feeling drained even after sleeping for 7-8 hours? Your bedroom might be preventing you from a restful night’s sleep. Having healthy sleep habits can make the difference between tossing and turning all night and sleeping like a log. Here are 6 tips to getting better shut-eye:

  1. Get comfy. Did you know that most mattresses and pillows are to blame for restless sleep? Replace your old mattress with a plush, comfortable iComfort, Serta, Restonic, Beautyrest, Aireloom or Tempur-Pedic. Gardner White is your specialty mattress headquarters; shop for mattresses here, and start sleeping restfully tonight.
  2. Reduce light & sound. Light can also keep you up at night. Hanging heavy curtains to black out light from windows and making sure lamps and lights are turned off before turning in can help. Also, if your bedroom is noisy, consider investing in earplugs or a “white noise” generator to help block out sounds.
  3. Power down the electronics. Speaking of light and sound, electronics, like smartphones and TV, emit an unnatural light that can be overstimulating. Shut off electronics at least an hour before bed.
  4. Set a soothing bedtime ritual. An hour before you go to sleep, relax with a low-key activity like reading a book or taking a bath. This will help reduce the production of Cortisol, a hormone that contributes to alertness.
  5. Stick to your sleep schedule, even on the weekends. If you go to bed at 10 pm during the week, try to sleep at the same time on the weekends. If you go to bed later and wake up later on a Saturday or Sunday, plan on being pretty tired on Monday.
  6. Limit daytime naps. It seems counterintuitive to think that naps could negatively impact your rest, but napping during the day can cause you to stray from your sleep schedule. Limit your daytime naps to one or two short, 20-minute rests during the day. Oh, and don’t nap after 5 pm.
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Follow these tips, and you should be feeling more energized in no time. Sweet dreams!

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