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Can’t sleep? Try these New Years resolutions

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Get better sleep is an admirable goal for 2016, but what does that actually look like in practice?

A complex topic requires a well-rounded approach. Here are some New Years resolutions and sleep tips you can adopt to improve your snooze and make 2016 the year of better sleep.

Eliminate Distractions

  • Neutralize disruptive sounds — a neighbor’s barking dog, a creaky roof, a drippy faucet — with white noise. A fan in the summer, or a humidifier in the winter, can provide a steady, consistent tone conducive for drifting off.
  • Blackout curtains can protect from disruptive light sources: the morning sunrise, blinking streetlights or your neighbor’s lingering Clark Griswold-inspired Christmas light display.
  • Cut the clutter. That impressive stack of books and magazines on your nightstand certainly is an engineering marvel, there’s no doubt. But in 2016, try creating an environment free of visual clutter with a clear floor, clean surfaces and a minimalist approach to home décor.
  • Is your partner’s snoring disrupting your night (or vice versa)? Consider an adjustable bed, as lifting the head can help alleviate snoring. Learn more here about the benefits of an adjustable bed.

Bedtime Essentials

  • Believe it or not, your bed pillows aren’t meant to resemble a stack of pancakes, either in thickness or in number. Pillows play an important role in spinal alignment and overall comfort. An upgrade here can greatly improve your sleep experience.
  • Mattress protector. Yes, even a mattress protector can aid your sleep experience. For example, the Cool Contact mattress protector offers specially engineered fibers that direct perspiration away from the skin and improve breathability for proper temperature regulation.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. How much sleep do you need? We answer that here.

Healthy Habits

  • Diet, exercise and sleep are three necessities on the path to health and wellness. They are inexorably linked: A deficit in one can lead to negative effects for the other two. While focusing on a well-rounded diet and getting regular exercise are important, make sure you’re also prioritizing sleep as well.
  • To that end, how is your mattress? Do you wake up rested and refreshed, or exhausted, stiff and sore? If it’s the latter, your mattress is likely doing you more harm than good. The perfect mattress offers support, comfort and durability.

We hope your 2016 is full of excellent sleep and sweet dreams!

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