Sleep Awareness Week
If you are consistently feeling exhausted and dragging your feet by mid-week, you aren’t alone. Almost 40% of us don’t get the recommended 7 – 9 hours of sleep that science has proven we need in order to repair and restore our bodies. Sleep deprivation can be linked to several health issues, including lack of production and concentration, to depression and anxiety. Isn’t it time we had our sleep health in mind?
Sleep Awareness Week 2016
Our partners at the National Sleep Foundation have one simple question for you: what if we all focused the next 7 days on jump-starting our sleep health? Sounds easy enough, but where to start? Check out the NSF’s daily tips and tricks to help you get a handle on your sleep.
Day 1. You schedule everything else, so why not your sleep? You owe it to yourself to schedule the sleep time that your mind and body needs to function at it’s best. We promise, your body will thank you!
Day 2. Stop the late night munching. Eating late doesn’t let your body fully rest. Leaving a couple of hours between eating and going to bed will help you reap the maximum benefits of a good nights sleep.
Day 3. Power down your devices. The light from blue-lit screens can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm and affect your ability to sleep. Your body needs time to recharge too, so turn them off and tune into your health.
Day 4. Make your bedroom your sleep sanctuary. A comfortable mattress, pillow and bedding will help you get a better night’s sleep. Keeping your bedroom dark and cool helps to maintain a comfortable sleep environment and is a proven prescription for quality zzz’s.
Day 5. Create a wind-down routine. Help prepare your mind and body for sleep with deep breathing, stretching and other relaxing exercises. Having a pre-slumber ritual that includes quiet, relaxing activities like reading or meditation will help you unwind and help get your mind ready for sleep.
Day 6. Losing sleep over something? We all know it’s hard to relax your mind and body at the end of the day. Try keeping a pen and paper next to your bed so that you can write down any thoughts, worries or last minute ideas from your day. You’ll sleep better with a clear mind.
Day 7. Don’t let Daylight Savings throw you off your game. Implementing these tips into your nightly routine will help you spring forward towards better sleep.
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How Do You Know When to Replace Your Pillow?
We get it: you love your pillow. You two have been practically inseparable for years. It has traveled with you, it has shared your sleepless nights, it has supported you like no other. But have you noticed that lately you have to wrestle it into the right position to get the support you need? While it’s sad to say that some great duos need to go their separate ways, it may be time to come to terms with the fact that your old pillow just can’t give you what you need: the perfect night’s sleep.
Your pillow should be springy and supportive in all the right ways, just like the day you brought it home. But the truth of the matter is that over time, as your pillow starts to break down from months of use, that contouring support turns to flat fluff. Not sure where your pillow is on the support spectrum? A good way to tell if your pillow needs replacing is the fold test. Simply fold your pillow in half and hold it in that position for 30 seconds. Now remove your hand. Did it bounce right back or did it stay folded? If it did the latter, it’s time to find a replacement.
Even if your old pillow passed the fold test, would it pass a health inspection? Think back to how you felt when you woke up this morning. Did you have an unexplainable itchy throat and stuffed nose? And what is up with those dark eye circles? These are all warning signs of a pillow that is infested with dust mites and allergens that accumulate in your sleep environment.
Here is the icky truth: every night you shed skin cells, perspire and drool (you know who you are). These natural processes lead to bacteria buildup and attract dust mites, which are just some of the things an unprotected pillow collects over time. So whether your pillow is brand new, or an old comfortable companion, protect it and yourself with a pillow protector that is completely washable and sanitized regularly. Its time to start to sleep healthier knowing critters aren’t lurking where you rest your head.
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