The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 10% of the population struggles with insomnia on a regular basis. Among the elderly, that number jumps to a staggering 25%. Though resting on a supportive mattress can go a long way toward helping you get a good night’s sleep, sometimes the inability to sleep has deeper causes. If you’re having a hard time falling or staying asleep, consider shopping for a new mattress and follow these tips:
Create a soothing environment: You may think that having the television on for background noise helps you to sleep better, but it can actually interfere with your ability to go to sleep. Your bedroom should be a peaceful, quiet haven, reserved only for relaxation and sleep. Keep it as clutter-free and stress-free as possible. Avoid taking your work to bed with you and try to finish work at least 30 minutes before going to sleep. Your brain will soon respond to the signals that indicate it’s time for sleep when you enter the bedroom.
Go easy on the caffeine: In general, you should limit the amount of caffeine you consume for the sake of your overall health. For sleep purposes, however, try to cut off your caffeine consumption by 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. Having caffeine later than this time of day can interfere with your body’s physical ability to drift off.
Practice good sleep hygiene: A bedtime routine isn’t just for children; adults need one, too! Try to follow the same routine every night so that your body automatically knows it’s time to wind down before you even head for the bedroom. By the time you do get to your mattress, you’ll be relaxed and ready to sleep.
Remember that the wrong mattress can negate any good sleep tips that you try, so be sure to purchase the best mattress. At Mattress Direct of St. Louis, we carry a wide selection of the best names in mattresses, from Tempur-Pedic to Serta. Stop by our mattress store showroom to try out a few or give us a call at (314) 549-8496 for more information.