Sleep Deep, Sleep Tips for Better Sleep

7 Items You Need for Better Sleep

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How do you sleep? If you’re one of the rare unicorns that can sleep soundly every night, we applaud you. However, you’re definitely the exception, not the rule. Studies have found that 70 percent of adults report struggling to sleep at least one night a month, and 11 percent report insufficient sleep every night. Sleep issues affect 50 to 70 million Americans. No wonder those late night infomercials do so well…we’re all awake! 

A study published by the app Sleep Cycle showed that February is the worst month for getting quality sleep. “This may be because the hormone melatonin is important for sleep and you need sun exposure to produce melatonin,” says  Seema Sarin, MD, Director of Lifestyle Medicine, EHE Health. “So, you have less melatonin during the dark winter months and this affects your sleep.” And, we all know how important sleep is to our physical and mental wellbeing. 

The good news is that there are tools to help you not only fall asleep faster, but stay asleep. We spoke to sleep experts to share their favorite items that we can all try. 

A Proper Mattress

“A good mattress is probably one of the most important tools in a good night’s sleep. You need a mattress that is both firm, for maximum spinal alignment and soft, for optimal pressure relief on your hips and shoulders. The problem is that every choice you have out there requires you to compromise. You have to choose either a firm mattress or a soft one.  Intellibed uses the Gel Matrix technology that gives you both firm and soft at the same time.  It is an engineering phenomenon and truly does provide you with both. While a mattress supports your body, technology like Sleep Genius prepares your mind for optimal sleep.”

—Collin House, sleep expert for Intellibed 

Try: Birch Natural Mattress, starting at $1,299; and Sleep Genius Smart Base, $2,400

Upgrade Your Linens

“I recommend getting allergy covers for your mattress and pillows even if you don’t have allergies just to keep dust and other particles out of your bedding. If that’s not in your budget, at least aim to wash your sheets once a week!  Is there anything better than getting into a freshly made bed with clean sheets?”

—Lauri Leadley of Valley Sleep Center

TRY: Luxome Bamboo Sheets, $129 

Diffuser, Air Purifier and White Noise Machine

“Ideally, your bedroom should be comfortable and be reserved for sleep and intimacy so that you associate the space with sleep. The temperature should not be too hot or cold. Make sure that the room is dark and there aren’t any shining or flashing lights. I recommend you invest in a great white noise machine, air purifier and diffuser.”

—Seema Sarin, MD, Director of Lifestyle Medicine, EHE Health 

TRY: CHI Egyptian Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, $25; Guru Nanda Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier, $80; and Pure Enrichment Wave Sleep Therapy sound machine, $30

Blackout Shades & Orange Light Bulbs

“Get the lighting right. I use a combination of black out shades and a bedside lamp with orange tinted light bulbs.  I love this combination because I get a warm candlelight glow in my room at bedtime but can open the blinds first thing in the morning to bring in the daylight.”  

—Lauri Leadley of Valley Sleep Center

TRY: Redi Paper Shade, $45 and Amber Lightbulb, $20 

 

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