Can’t figure out how to sleep better? Check out these 5 tips for getting better sleep in honor of Better Sleep Month in May.
I feel like I haven’t slept well in about 9 years, which is just about the time my daughter was born. Those early sleepless nights with a newborn are so hard. My kids are 6 and 8 now, though, so I thankfully sleep through the night most of the time. The fact is that when it comes to sleep, I am my own worst enemy.
Did you know that May is Better Sleep Month? Now that is a celebration I can support. And in honor of Better Sleep Month, I am determined to get more sleep. According to a recent Sleep Number® survey, Americans are getting an average of 6.7 hours of sleep which is well below the recommended 8 hours—some are even getting less than 4 hours a night! I know I need a solid 8 hours myself and I’m not getting close to that. I also find that the less sleep I get, the less productive I am during the day. It’s a vicious cycle and I’m ready to break out of it.
It takes 30 days to establish a habit and I’m ready to establish a habit of better sleep. Here are the 5 ways I’m going to get better sleep this month.
1. Make Your Bedroom Sleep Friendly: We spend a lot of time in our beds so having a good one is important. My husband and I love our Sleep Number bed and we are always talking about how glad we are that we invested in one early in our marriage. We may be short on sleep, but it’s not because of our bed. Plus with the new SleepIQ® technology available on all Sleep Number beds, you can track your sleep. Sensors working directly with advanced DualAir™ technology inside the Sleep Number bed measure average breathing rate, average heart rate, movement and bed presence to show you the quality of your sleep. SleepIQ® data helps identify routines and factors that affect sleep. Using an intuitive activity tracker, you can monitor things like caffeine intake, diet, exercise, television, media usage and medications. There is nothing to wear, nothing to turn on. You just sleep! Then you can adjust your lifestyle – and your bed – so you can get better sleep.
2. Stick to a Consistent Bedtime: Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day is the best way to sleep better. If you have to wake up at a certain time each morning, make sure to get to bed 8-9 hours before the alarm goes off.
3. Relax Before Going to Sleep: I like to read before going to bed and these days it takes about two pages before I’m nodding off to sleep. Some other ideas for relaxing before bed are to watch TV (a calming show not Walking Dead!); do some stretches; wind down with a hot bath; or listen to a book on tape if you don’t like to read.
4. Eat Well and Exercise: Yeah, I know. I don’t love it either, but it does work. Set a time of day when you won’t drink anymore caffeine and make sure to grab a healthy snack before bed if you are hungry.
5. Try Aromatherapy: I’ve been using essential oils for years, but just a few months ago I invested in a diffuser. There are several different oils that will help with sleep. One of the favorites is lavender oil. You can also dilute the lavender in water and lightly mist your pillow.
By implementing these 5 tips, I’m sure to be getting better sleep by the end of May! What ideas do you have for figuring out how to sleep better? Use the Sleep Number store locator to find your nearest Sleep Number store. Also, enter Sleep Number’s sweepstakes by sharing your commitment on Instagram or Twitter with #CommitToSleepSweeps, or by visiting SleepNumber.com/CommitToSleep#Sweeps.