IMG_9445It doesn’t matter if you’re a college student, businessperson, stay-at-home parent or teacher- sleep should be a priority. It helps you to heal, regenerate, look younger and stay sharper throughout the day. It doesn’t always matter how much you sleep but how well you sleep. Whether you’re a 6 or an 8 hour sleeper, here are some tips to improve the quality of your sleep.

  •  Make sure your room is at a good temperature for sleep: between 60 and 75 degrees is optimal.
  • Eliminate as much light as possible- especially the blue light emitted from electronics. It interferes with your body’s natural sleep cycle.
  • Keep your bedroom clean. Clutter creates stress and is a reminder of your never-ending to-do list.
  • Develop a nighttime routine. This will signal your brain and body to start slowing down. This could include a cup of non-caffeinated tea, a shower, reading or listening to the radio.
  • Make sure your sheets, pillows, and mattress are comfortable:
  1. If you have sensitive skin, avoid low thread count sheets that will be “scratchy” on your skin in favor of flannel, jersey or a higher thread count.
  2. Take time to shop for your pillows and test them out to see if you prefer memory foam or soft down pillows.
  3. Mattresses should be replaced every 8 to 10 years. While a good mattress can be expensive, a good night’s sleep will improve your mood and energy level.

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