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Sick of waking up constantly during the night? Sick of getting 10 hours sleep and still waking up tired? We have some sleep hacks to start improving your beauty rest as soon as tonight…

So, how much sleep do we actually need?

Before we get into our hacks lets understand why sleep is so important. Let’s face it, it’s not your fault if you feel forgetful and unfocused at work. Your mind could be blurred by the lack of sleep. Studies have shown getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night improves work attendance and concentration. Why? According to the National Sleep Organization, the memories we take in during the day is transferred to our long-term memory while we sleep. Not getting enough sleep decreases your cognitive performance.

OUR 5 HACKS

Control the last hour of your day.

We all know a person that closes their eyes and is snoring two minutes later. Unfortunately, for most us, it takes a little more time.  The last hour of your day, take control and start to power down.  Experts recommend relieving stress for the following day. How?  Create a to-do list and schedule out your day. Lay out what you will wear and even plan what meals you will consume.

Avoid technology 20 mins before sleeping.

In the last twenty minutes before hitting the lights off, find a soothing activity to calm down your brain. Studies have shown that being exposed to the light of our phones, tablets and computers prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime.

Check out your mattress.

An old mattress is one of the main reason you can’t stop waking up during the night.  Stressed during the day? Your stress levels dramatically increase when sleep on that mattress you’ve had since high school. A recent experiment found that 49 participant’s stress & pain levels decreased after sleeping on a new firm mattress for a month. Aside from stress, dead skin cells and dust mites accumulated in old mattresses can cause severe allergies and chronic coughs. When should you invest in a new mattress? If your mattress is over seven years old, it is time to look into an upgrade.

Regulate your sleep schedule.

Most of us look forward to sleeping in on the weekends and catch up on some much-needed “zzzzzzs.”  Unfortunately, this is actually making you more tired. Try to fall asleep and wake up around the same two hours every day. If you wake up at 6 a.m. during the week and not until 11 o’clock on the weekends, your body is constantly trying to adjust its internal clock. Come Monday morning, your body feels as if it’s traveled between time zones, making you even more tired and groggy.

Save your bed for sleep only.

Too many people do a number of things in bed other than sleep, watching tv, working on your computer, etc. Your body will fail to produce melatonin when it doesn’t understand the difference between night and day. Save your day-time activities for another room instead of disturbing your much-needed slumber. You should also remove all devices that could beep or buzz during the night.   The only things included in your bed should be beauty sleep related.

Need more expertise on sleep or your mattress? Check out Mattress 1st or come into our store to speak with our professionals about creating your perfect sleep sanctuary, you deserve it!

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