How to Get a Comfortable Night’s Sleep
- Have soft fluffy pillows to help you fall asleep.
- Have a good mattress that fits your comfort level. This makes all the difference.
- Change your bedding regularly to keep it fresh.
- Having a darker room helps you have a better sleep. Keep window shutters, doors, curtains, etc. closed.
- Get all disturbances out of the way. If your pet likes to disturb you when you are sleeping, put him/her elsewhere. You can also close the door if a light right outside your door keeps you up at night.
- Put a fluffy pillow below your legs to keep your legs cool and comfortable.
- Watching television or being on the computer isn’t good right before bed. Flashing lights keep your senses stimulated. Playing soft music is a better solution. It can calm your senses.
Is your teen getting enough sleep? 4 out of 5 students don’t!
The National Sleep Foundation’s 2006 Sleep in America Poll (a national survey on the sleep patterns of U.S. adolescents, ages 11-17) finds that only 20% of adolescents get the recommended nine hours or sleep on school nights, and nearly one-half (45%) sleep less than eight hours on school nights.
The lack of sleep is linked to higher incidences of falling asleep in class, arriving late to school, academic performance, feeling down, and driving drowsy. What’s more, the poll discovered that most parents (90%) are not aware that their child doesn’t get the sleep that they need.
What can parents do to help their teen get better zzz’s? The Better Sleep Council offers the following advice:
- Allow your teen to make up for lost sleep. When your teen sleeps in on the weekend, his or her body is making up for sleep lost during the week.
- Promote regular exercise. Some form of exercise, for 20 to 30 minutes at least three days a week, will help your teen sleep better. But be sure he or she doesn’t exercise too close to bedtime.
- Reduce Caffeine Intake. Consuming significant amounts of caffeine, found in soda or chocolate, makes it harder for your teen to sleep.
- Provide your teen with comfortable bedding. Teens can’t get the deep, restful sleep they need on a mattress that’s too small, too soft, too hard, too old, or provides inadequate support and comfort.
- Create a calm sleep environment. A messy room, light and noise can interfere with quality sleep. Discourage your teen from watching TV, talking on the phone, playing on the computer, or doing homework in bed.
- Ensure your teen doesn’t go to bed stuffed or starved. A stomach that is either too full or too empty can cause physical discomfort throughout the night.
- Help your teen develop a sleep routine. The transition from nighttime to bedtime is made easier by doing the same things in the same order each night before bed.
- Make sleep a priority for your teen. Teens must realize the importance of sleep even when they’re tempted to stay up late. Their performance in school and on the road depends on it.
***Information provided by the Better Sleep Council. Compliments of Mattress Factory Showroom, Inc.