Five Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep


With nearly one-third of the country having trouble getting a good night's sleep, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared a national sleep epidemic. Especially for those suffering from sleep insomnia, the struggle to get to bed in time to ensure a solid, restful sleep can be excruciating and lead to any number of detrimental effects such as an inability to concentrate, depression, heart disease and more. As sleep is so crucial to physical, mental and emotional health, we wanted to talk today about how you can develop healthy sleep habits and, hopefully, get some quality rest.

1. Maintain your sleep schedule

Regardless of whether it's the weekend of if you've got to be up for work in the morning, try to stick to the same sleep schedule. If you need to be up by 9:00 a.m. on the weekdays, get up at the same time on Saturday and Sunday. If properly enforced, you'll fall into the schedule over time and find yourself falling asleep quicker and feeling more rested when you wake.

2. Determine your sweet spot

Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Depending on your level of activity, you will likely fall somewhere within that range. When you first start enforcing your sleep schedule, try to determine where you fall in that range and, whenever possible, maintain the same amount of sleep every night.

3. No caffeine after lunch

Caffeine stays in the body much longer than most people believe. After lunch, transition into drinking water. This will prevent a light caffeine buzz from keeping you awake and, as an added bonus, staying hydrated can prevent annoying nighttime headaches.

4. If necessary, take short naps

If you're having trouble sticking to your schedule, you might consider taking a short nap. Try to limit your napping to no more than thirty minutes, as longer naps have no proven benefit. In fact, it's been shown that even a 10-minute nap can help to alleviate the effects of sleep deprivation.

5. Find the right mattress

Of course, in order to sleep well, you have to be comfortable. The easiest way to find the best mattress for you is to visit a no-pressure showroom and work with trained experts to determine what provides you with the highest level of comfort. Whether you enjoy the soft, fluffy feel of a Sealy Posturepedic mattress or the firm support provided Therapedic bedding, the experts at Mattress Mart can make sure that you're comfortable and, we hope, well-rested.

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