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From increasing energy to decreasing stress to fighting off disease, getting consistent sleep is critical to leading a happy and healthy life.
But in today's frenetic, 24/7 world, many adults are skimping on a quality night's rest in order to fulfill the demanding needs of their lives.
Unfortunately, this is a losing proposition as sooner or later inadequate sleep catches up with everyone. Over time, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to anything from moodiness and a low libido to obesity, diabetes and a host of other dangerous health problems.
That's why Mancini's Sleepworld--home to the highest quality mattresses and bedroom furniture sold in 31 locations through Northern California--wants you to rest easy. In order to make sure you don't burn the candle at both ends, they've put together these 10 helpful tips approved by the National Sleep Foundation to make sure you get the best sleep possible.
Replace your Mattress
A comfortable and supportive mattress is critical to a good night's rest. That is why the National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your mattress every eight years.
Stick to a Schedule
Maintaining the same bedtime and wake up time (even on weekends!) will help regulate your body's clock, meaning when you fall asleep, you'll stay asleep.
Though they might reenergize you during an afternoon lull, power naps can make falling asleep at night difficult. Avoid them and stick to a regular schedule instead. After a few days of consistent sleep, you'll realize you don't need them.
Create a Relaxing Ritual
Create a bedtime routine that is relaxing, preferably one that does't include bright lights. Read a book, listen to soothing music or soak in a hot bath before bed.
Daily exercise won't only torch calories, but it will have you feeling sleepy sooner. Just make sure you give yourself adequate time to cool down before hitting the hay as exercise promotes an increase in core temperature and adrenaline.
Optimize your Environment
For the best night's sleep, create a soothing environment that is dark, comfortable and free of distractions. You can even consider using blackout curtains, "white noise" machines and other devices.
Manage Circadian Rhythms
Regulate your body's clock by avoiding bright light before bedtime and rising with sunlight in the morning.
Stimulants like alcohol and cigarettes can disrupt your sleep, as do big, spicy, ingestion-inducing meals. For the latter, try finishing dinner at least two hours before bedtime.
The light from electronics like laptops and TVs activates your brain, making it hard to wind down at the end of the day. Avoid overstimulation before going to bed.
Leave your Bedroom
Removing computers and other work materials from your bedroom will help you maintain a relaxing environment that is cut off from the day-to-day stress of your life. If you are having trouble falling asleep, go to another room and do something relaxing rather than struggle in an environment that should be soothing.
Let Mancini's Sleepworld help you maximize your sleep and improve the quality of your life. To get a low price on your next mattress, visit one of their 31 Northern California locations, or visit Sleepworld.com.