Even if you get enough sleep every night, you certainly know someone who isn’t. That’s because estimates show that 1 in 3 adults aren’t getting as much sleep as they should be. It’s clear that many Americans suffer from sleeping issues and while some may be difficult to control, there are also many mistakes people make that cause issues.
You should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Otherwise, you run the risk of developing memory issues, obesity, mood swings, weakened immunity, and hypertension. If you’re experiencing sleeping issues and aren’t sure where to start, here are a few common mistakes you should avoid.
Using an Uncomfortable Pillow
A high-quality pillow can do more for your sleeping habits than you may realize. If you are having sleeping issues, consider trying out a new pillow. You don’t have to go wild either—you should be able to find something that’s good enough quality for under $100. Just remember that depending on how you sleep (back vs. side vs. stomach), you may want a different kind of pillow, so do a little research and find something that’s good for you.
Sleeping on a Bad Mattress
Just like your pillow, an uncomfortable mattress can harm your sleep. There’s a strong correlation between how comfortable your mattress is and how good the sleep you get is. Many studies indicate that a good mattress can reduce back pain by over 50%! If you’re not comfortable in bed, it’s time to look into a new mattress.
Not Maintaining a Schedule
Human beings are creatures of habit. That’s why it’s critical that you develop and maintain a sleep schedule. Trying to go to sleep at 10 pm one night and then at 2 am the next is just going to confuse your body and harm your body’s circadian rhythm and melatonin production, which helps regulate your sleep phases. Do your best to stick to the same bedtime every day, with some realistic fluctuation for weekends or unforeseen circumstances.
Looking at Screens For Too Long
You might think keeping the TV on late into the night will help get you to sleep, but realistically, it may cause more problems than it’s worth. That’s because doing so exposes your eyes to a lot of blue light, which is a kind of light that is emitted from our TVs, computers, and smartphones, all of which help make your body think it’s still daytime. Reducing your exposure to screens can help you get to sleep quicker so it’s a good idea to stop using screens a few hours before bed or, if you have to, use blue light-blocking glasses.
Too Much Caffeine Consumption
Whether you drink coffee or energy drinks, most Americans enjoy a bit of caffeine to kickstart their day. That said, it can also cause issues with how well you’re sleeping. To be on the safe side, avoid any caffeine products at least six hours before bed, as studies show that’s about how long caffeine will stay in your blood and prevent you from going to sleep.
A GOOD NIGHT OF REST WITH MATTRESS PEDDLERS
When doing your research on Mattress Peddlers, you’ll find we match up to top-quality mattress company criteria, and even go beyond it! We’ve been a family-owned business providing quality mattresses and furniture throughout Delaware and even beyond since 1994. We love working closely with our customers to figure out their needs and also offer free shipping throughout Lewes, Millsboro, Rehoboth Beach, Harbeson, and the surrounding areas of Delaware.