• Sherri HIner

Stealing those extra minutes of sleep

Secrets to Extra Sleep

The Better Sleep Council asks Are you groggy and foggy in the mornings? Like most people you’re probably not getting enough sleep. The good news is there are simple ways to helping you sneak in more sleep.

There’s a widespread health issue, and you’re part of it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Americans are in the middle of a sleep loss epidemic. Almost eight in 10 people say they would feel better and more prepared for the day if they had just one more hour of sleep. Getting that bit of extra sleep may seem impossible to you as you stumble out of bed every morning, but in fact there are secrets to getting more sleep that can add time to your 40 winks.

Make your dreams come true

You can make 8 hours of quality sleep a regular part of your life by scheduling it. Make sleep part of your to-do list and plan your bedtime like you would any other appointment. You wouldn’t miss a meeting to binge watch TV, would you? Be strict about your sleep appointment in the same way. Keep a consistent schedule for sleep and wake times and soon they will become just a part of your regular routine. Support your schedule by creating a bedtime routine that relaxes you with hot baths, good books or soothing music.

Mattress matters

Your mattress plays one of the biggest roles in determining how long and how well you sleep. Your mattress and pillow have to be up to snuff for you to slumber well. Your bed and your body naturally change over time (they’re both aging!), so if your mattress is seven years or older, it’s probably time to replace it. Older mattresses do not provide the support you need for restful sleep and need to be replaced. Making this one improvement can unlock nights of blissful sleep. Your pillows should also be replaced regularly once a year to make sure you are getting proper support for your neck and spine.

Rise and shine

It’s tempting to hit the snooze button over and over to squeak out just a little more sleep, but this hurts you more than it helps you. Break this bad habit and set your alarm for the time you actually need to get up. If you can’t let go of the snooze button habit, limit yourself to just one snooze hit per morning.

No more snoozing. Your snooze button addiction is netting you less sleep, not more. It breaks up your restful sleep and means you’re not really getting any benefits from those extra minutes.

You health, dreams, and future are all affected by your quality of sleep. Make sure you have the perfect sleep solution for your life style.

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