May is Better Sleep Month. I know that I definitely do not get enough sleep each night, especially now that the boys and I are on our #90DayRoadTrip, because after our fun is done for the day, I still have to do all of my regular work while the boys sleep. Unfortunately, I am not alone in my lack of sleep, Americans as a whole are getting only an average of 6.7 hours of sleep a night, far below the recommended 8 hours per night. What can you do about it though? Check out the five ideas below that can help you #CommitToSleep and get more rest.
1. Turn Off Electronics an Hour Before Bed
It has been proven that shutting off electronics an hour before bed can help you fall asleep faster and get a better night’s sleep. This is a super hard one for me to accomplish, but one that is on my list of things to try.
2. Cut out Caffeine in the Evening
I never think that caffeine has any effect on me no matter what time of day it is, but studies show that drinking caffeine in the evening can make you stay up later and get less sleep than if you cut out caffeine filled drinks in the evening.
3. Have a Bedtime
No, you aren’t a child anymore, but having a bedtime ensures that you get to bed at the same time each night and have a set number of hours of sleep. I find myself up until well after midnight if I am not careful, so setting a bedtime is definitely a tip I plan to try.
4. Sleep in a Dark Room
Shut off hallway, bathroom and night lights if possible. Sleeping in a completely dark room can help you stay asleep longer and get a more restful night’s sleep.
5. Look Into a Sleep Number Bed with SleepIQ® Technology
I recently was given the chance to visit a Sleep Number store and try out their beds with the new SleepIQ® technology. These things are incredible. Not only can you adjust the hardness or softness of the mattress with DualAir™ technology to meet your own personal preferences, but the new SleepIQ® technology can actually help you track your sleep and recognize patterns or problems that might be keeping you from getting your best night’s sleep. There is nothing to wear, nothing to turn on, the technology is built directly into the bed.
SleepIQ® technology uses an intuitive activity tracker that lets you log things like exercise, caffeine intake, electronic use, etc. that could be effecting your sleep. It works to help you find your ideal Sleep Number and eliminate bad sleeping habits. Check out the SleepIQ® technology for yourself by using the Sleep Number store locator to find a location near you.
How are you going to #CommitToSleepSweeps during Better Sleep Month in May? Enter the Sleep Number sweepstakes by tweeting your commitment to sleep with the hashtag or sharing it on Instagram, and you could win! You can also visit the campaign webpage for details!