Is it just me, or does it feel like your quality of sleep has been declining ever since high school? And even if you can string together the time to get a decent night’s rest, you still have to sleep. There’s a big new sleep survey out, and it seems like a lot of people are desperate for Zs.
18% said they’d give up their cell phone for one month in exchange for “perfect sleep.”
38% say they’d give up eating out for one month, 28% would give up seeing friends for one month, 27% would give up TV and movies for a month, and 25% would give up music for one month.
So what’s keeping us up? Aside from life, kids, pets, work, stress, all that pizza you just wolfed down, and occasional paranormal activity?
41% said they’re up worrying about inflation, 39% are up worrying about COVID-19, 22% can’t sleep because of climate change, and another 22% are worried about the Russia / Ukraine war.
Here Are Some Things You Can Do To Improve Your Sleep:
A new mattress. 20% of people are using one that’s more than 10 years old.
Wash your sheets weekly. 21% of people say they only do it once a month.
Wash your pillows at least every three months. 19% say they never wash them.
Shut off your phone. Avoid screens for at least 30 minutes before bed.
Listen to music. 39% say music can help them fall asleep.
Try a white noise machine. 15% say that helps.
Meditate. 19% of people swear by meditation, and it’s FREE.
Also, Doing This One Thing Before Bed Can Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep!
According to one expert, including a shower in your bedtime routine can help you sleep a little easier.
Taking a shower, promotes melatonin when the water brings your body temperature down.
While in the shower, experts recommend integrating calming scents in your body wash like lavenders.
The lavender-reduces activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which can otherwise make you feel tense.
Once you move back into the bedroom, creating a perfect sleep sanctuary with no screens, a spritz of these calming scents in a pillow spray and dabbing your pulse points with the oils too is a great place to start.
Also, once in bed, it’s good to meditate or read a book for 20 minutes, leaving your phone on the other side of the room. Also reduce caffeine intake after 12 PM and avoid alcohol. (or at least try)