Sleep & Stress

Sleep

It refreshes us like nothing else. It can be occasionally elusive, almost always comforting, and definitely essential to our survival. And although we spend 33% of our lives asleep, we barely give it a moment's notice....until we can't sleep. Then we think about it to the point of obsession.

For millions of people, the consequences of a poor night's sleep – higher stress, increased mistakes, difficulty concentrating – are every day occurrences. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Starting every day with a good night's sleepTM is important year round. The Better Sleep Council (BSC) conducted a stress and sleep survey to find out what keeps Americans up at night. This year's findings revealed a range of insights on Americans' stress and sleep cycles. Here are some of the results:

 

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Who is More Stressed?

    • 26% of women report trouble sleeping at least once a week compared to only 16% of men.

 

    • 19% of individuals ages 45-64 admit to losing sleep due to stress a few nights per week.

 

The sleep set is literally the foundation of your sleep. But beyond your investment in the mattress, it's important to make an overall commitment to sleep. Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy sleep cycle and ensuring the best night's rest:

    • Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends.

 

    • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.

 

    • Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.

 

    • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow.

 

    • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. It is best to take work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment.

 

    • Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime.

 

    • Exercise regularly. It is ideal to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.

 

    • Avoid alcohol, nicotine (e.g., cigarettes, tobacco products), and caffeine (e.g., coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. These can lead to poor sleep, keep you awake or disrupt sleep later in the night.

 

Visit www.sleepfoundation.org for more information!

 

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The survey also focused on women's wellness and the results show an interesting paradigm in how women approach their own health.

    • 27% of women say sleep is the most important component to their overall well-being.

 

    • 16% of women would try getting a good night's sleep to improve their overall wellness.

 

    • 31% of suburban moms are likely to make sleep a priority.

 

    • 50% of women with children agree that sleep is the best way to recharge, nine points higher than women without children.

 

    • 45% of women agree they feel most refreshed after a good night's sleep.

 

  • 26% of women are likely to invest in a mattress as an in-home wellness item.
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