Did you know that the average person spends more than one third of his/her life asleep. But don’t be fooled—just because the body is sleeping doesn’t mean it’s slacking off. During sleep, the body repairs itself so that when the alarm clock goes off, our bodies are renewed and refreshed. When you lay down on your Newington mattress tonight, consider some of these tips to sleep better so that you feel better the next day!
- Establish a routine! This lets the body know it’s time to unwind from the day’s stress and chill. Figure out a schedule and stick to it every night of the week—even weekends!
- Journal! Thinking about or doing stressful activities can cause the body to release stress hormones, leading to alertness. But writing out stressful thoughts in a journal can help us avoid restlessness once we hit the sheets.
- Consider taking magnesium! Research suggests magnesium plays a key role in our ability to sleep through the night. Try chowing on magnesium-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, and swiss chard Or pop a ZMA supplement, another form of magnesium, about half an hour before bedtime.
- Drink some chamomile tea. This herbal drink can reduce anxiety that might make it more difficult to fall asleep.
- Exercise regularly. Studies suggest some aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep in people who suffer from insomnia.
- Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep. While many of us don’t get nearly that much, sleep deprivation has been linked to high cortisol levels (aka more stress). Recent research also suggests not sleeping enough is linked to insulin resistance, a condition in which the body can’t process insulin efficiently and a risk factor for diabetes