3 Non-Obvious Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep05 Aug
From pharmaceutical companies to electronics manufacturers, it seems like just about everybody is offering a quick and easy solution for a good night’s sleep these days. In fact, it’s been estimated that sleeping pills, electronic sleep trackers, sleep clinics, and other sleep-related services add up to more than $30 billion per year in the United States alone. That’s an astounding figure, especially when so many of us still struggle day in and day out to wake up feeling more rested.
So, why is it that no matter what we do, we ultimately continue to have so much trouble trying to get to sleep (and stay asleep) on a regular basis? According to Mayo Clinic, it usually has something to do with the combination of job-related stress, relationship issues, and even fears of illness that keep our mind racing at night when our head hits the pillow. Although much easier said than done, this would suggest that the key to getting better sleep is mostly about finding new ways to put your mind at ease when you crawl into bed every night.
How Do You Get a Good Night’s Sleep?
Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry. We’ve already done the legwork of researching the most tried and true techniques for helping you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Tip #1: The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique
Although the name of this method might sound a little confusing at first, it’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Developed by holistic health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, you begin by placing the tip of your tongue on the tissue immediately behind your top front teeth, then breathe in through your nose as you slowly count to four. Next, hold your breath as you count to seven, then slowly make a whooshing sound as you exhale out of your mouth for a count of 8.
According to Dr. Weil, this type of regimented breathing process not only relaxes you by delivering more oxygen to your nervous system but the counting aspect also effectively distracts your mind from dwelling on the usual stressful issues of day to day life. For a demonstration of how to complete this exercise correctly, check out Dr. Weil’s free video.
Tip #2: Use Pillows in New Places
Another great way to get a good night’s sleep is to experiment by using high-quality pillows in new and creative ways. Your neck will probably already be telling you if the pillow under your head is too thick or too thin, but many of us simply don’t think about using pillows around other parts of our bodies to further increase the comfort of our sleeping position.
For example, if you’re a side sleeper, and you already know that you prefer a pillow between your knees, try also wedging one behind your lower back. This helps keep your torso from twisting the opposite direction of your knees while keeping you more firmly planted in the optimal sleeping position throughout the night.
Tip #3: Keep Tabs on Food and Drink
It’s no secret that drinking caffeine before bedtime can keep you up at night, but did you know that caffeine can interfere with sleep up to 12 hours before bedtime? Most of us are also well aware that going to bed hungry will make it difficult stay asleep through the night, but we bet you didn’t know that going to bed with a full stomach can interrupt your natural sleep cycle as well. Finally, be careful how much fluid you’re drinking as bedtime approaches. While not drinking enough fluids before bed can leave you waking up in the middle of the night thirsty, over-hydrating will interrupt your sleep with unnecessary trips to the bathroom.
A Quality Mattress Means a Good Night’s Sleep
Keeping the above three tips in mind, it should go without saying that quality sleep begins with a quality mattress. And while each individual’s particular mattress preference tends to be as unique as his or her own fingerprint, Mark’s Mattress Outlet has been specializing in helping shoppers find the highest quality mattress for a good night’s sleep for over a decade.
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