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Good Sleep Starts Before Bedtime

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Good Sleep Starts Before Bedtime


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It begins much earlier in your day. Your entire lifestyle affects your sleep. Your diet, your habits – they all tie together to either help you sleep … or to keep you lying awake at night, wondering what to do for better sleep. By making a few lifestyle choices you can improve your nightly sleep today! A good mattress, a healthy meal, and maybe fewer cups of coffee can turn you into a master of sleep.

 

It begins much earlier in your day. Your entire lifestyle affects your sleep. Your diet, your habits – they all tie together to either help you sleep … or to keep you lying awake at night, wondering what to do for better sleep. By making a few lifestyle choices you can improve your nightly sleep today! A good mattress, a healthy meal, and maybe fewer cups of coffee can turn you into a master of sleep.

 

Cut off the caffeine

 

Sure, we all love our coffee or tea. But toward the end of the day, it’s time to start cutting back. A general rule of thumb for better sleep is to cut off caffeine consumption by 12 p.m. This gives your body enough time to process the caffeine, use it, and then be rid of it. Some people are more caffeine-tolerant than others, so your cut-off time can be based on your own personal feeling. Try cutting the caffeine around noon and see how you feel.

 

 

Embrace a routine

 

The repetition of your nighttime routine lets your mind and body know that it’s time to start winding down. By embracing the routine, you create the time and space for your mind to relax – because we all know the stresses of trying to get in bed at night when your mind is buzzing in a thousand different directions. Go through the normal motions, like brushing your teeth, etc., then see what you can add for ultimate relaxation prior to slipping under the sheets.

 

Eat a healthy dinner

 

Enjoying a healthy meal isn’t just good for your waistline, it’s good for sleep, too! Research shows that certain foods can help you sleep, such as complex carbs and poultry.When eaten together, complex carbs and poultry can increase the production of serotonin, a hormone that contributes to feelings of well-being. Those Mexican quinoa stuffed peppers are sounding pretty good right about now.

 

Bonus tip: Try drinking tart cherry juice before bed! Experts found that it might even be more effective than melatonin.

 

 

Make your surroundings sleep friendly

 

Flashing lights, loud noises, and fidgety animals (or a fidgety significant other) probably aren’t doing much good for your sleep cycle. You want a quiet, dark and comfortable place to sleep. The first place to start is (of course) your bed! Sleep Number® beds are our favorite, because they can be customized to your ideal firmness. If you’re sharing your sleep space with someone, they can adjust their Sleep Number® setting as well! Investing in a good bed is the first step to creating your sleep sanctuary, so make sure you pick a good one. Sleep Number® beds last twice as long as regular mattresses, but can help you sleep way better!

 

Adjusting your lifestyle can lead to sounder sleep and better rest at night. And oh, look at that – we found some Sleep Number® beds on sale. Invest in a good mattress and make a few lifestyle changes to enhance your rest and enjoy the benefits of good sleep!

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