DON’T TAKE PAIN LYING DOWN
You’re on your way to a better night’s sleep — don’t let night pain sabotage it. Sometimes just changing your sleep position can help alleviate pain. If you suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees.
Stimulation in general isn’t good for the brain or the body right before bed. If you can, quit things like TV and electronic games, and stressful activities like working or paying bills, about an hour before bed.
So, how can you unwind? Try a bath or a good book, but be careful it’s not too good, or you’ll be up all night reading! If you have a lot on your mind before bed, it helps to write it down. And if you find it hard in general to relax for bed, try these tips.
SET THE MOOD
The bedroom environment — it’s one of the most powerful, yet overlooked, parts of a good night’s sleep. If you’re not a “bed maker,” become one. Better yet, keep the entire room tidy, because walking into a clean bedroom actually can improve your sleep. But don’t just take our word for it:
- 62% of participants in a National Sleep Foundation survey said that a clean bedroom helps them sleep better.
- 19% of those who made their beds every morning were more likely to sleep well every night.
Every day, people just like you also report that the right pillow and mattress, comfortable sheets, cool temperatures, and a dark room help them sleep better.