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5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Isn’t it funny how as a kid you resist sleep?  And as an adult you would probably love if someone told you to take a nap each afternoon and head to bed at 8 p.m?

Sleep is something that we all need and most of us don’t get enough of.  In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control 1/3 of adults in the United States are not getting the recommended amount of sleep (7 hours) on a regular basis.   Lack of sleep can have some serious health consequences, so if you find yourself with late nights, early mornings, and a constant feeling of grogginess, check out these tips:

5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Make sure your room is at the optimal sleep temperature

If you’ve ever gone camping in July, you know how hard it can be to sleep when the air is hot and sticky.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that the sleep environment be around 65 degrees Fahrenheit for good sleep.  Bonus?  Setting your thermostat back during the winter months can also save you money!

Consider a programmable or smart thermostat to help you remember to do this.

Get some exercise

Yep, you can’t avoid it, exercise is plain good for you–even for your sleep hygiene.  According to Healthline, “Exercise is one of the best science-backed ways to improve your sleep and health.”  However, avoid working out right before bed.

Don’t drink alcohol right before bed

You may think that having a drink helps you sleep, but it doesn’t.  It changes melatonin, the sleep hormone, production, and it can contribute to sleep problems such as snoring and sleep apnea.

Schedule sleep

Unfortunately, many of us treat sleep as a luxury.  It’s not.  Just like other important obligations in your life, schedule sleep and stick to it!

Replace your pillows every 2 years

The National Sleep Foundation advises that pillows should allow you head and neck to remain in a neutral and supported position.  Make sure they don’t have any lumps or sagging areas that could prevent this.

If you would like to learn more about making your home a comfortable environment for a good night’s sleep, contact us at FLAME!  Sweet dreams!

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