Sleep Tips

Over 65% of Americans lose sleep due to stress. Stress and sleep loss can cause increased mistakes as well as difficulty concentrating, which can affect job and school performance. Restoring the body's energy with a better night's sleep is essential to good health!

Approximately 33% of our lives are spent sleeping. It is important to make a commitment to sleep healthy - just as you exercise for fitness. Here are some great sleep tips:

  1. Make your sleep important. Keep a regular schedule for bedtime sleep and morning start times.
     
  2. Keep a routine that relaxes....read a book or listen to soothing music.
     
  3. Keep your sleep environment dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool.
     
  4. Evaluate both your mattress and pillow for correct comfort and support. If your mattress is 5 to 7 years old, it may be time for a new one. Pillows should be replaced every 1 to 2 years.
     
  5. Refrain from work and TV viewing in the bedroom.
     
  6. Exercise regularly. Your workout should be at least 2 hours before bedtime.
     
  7. Make sure your mattress is the right size. A Queen or King is best for couples. Having ample space helps reduce motion transfer.
     
  8. Avoid eating, alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine right before bedtime. These habits lead to an overall poor sleep experience, and can keep you awake for an extended period at night.