May 14, 2019 | Categories: Sleep
To honor one of our favorite weeks of the year—Sleep Awareness Week March 10 to 16, 2019. —we’re offering up tips and tricks to help improve your sleep quality all week (and all year). These ideas are supposed to be a snooze, so no offense if you doze off while reading. Learn about the weekend habits that can wreck your everyday sleep pattern.
Penciling in a love session with your partner this week might sound unsexy, but it’s a good idea for helping to improve your sleep. Having sex lowers stress hormones and stimulates the production of oxytocin, a hormone that influences bonding and induces sleep. One Australian study found that two-thirds of people slept better after sex, especially if both reached orgasm.
Craving a post-dinner treat that’ll also lull you to sleep? Research shows that eating kiwi has been linked to substantial improvements in sleep quality and sleep quantity.
Whether it’s watching fish swim gracefully or learning about the stars under an indoor night sky, these activities can be mentally soothing and give you relaxing playback as you drift off to sleep.
If you have indoor or outdoor allergies, asthma, or let pets sleep in your room, it’s important to eliminate dust and pet dander from your floors, bedding, and upholstery. Toss all bedding in the wash on the hot cycle, vacuum carpets or sweep and mop floors, and wipe down surfaces. Chances are you’ll be exhausted afterward and can head straight to bed in a cleaner space.
When’s the last time you could honestly say that all of your pajamas were fresh and clean? The American Cleaning Institute says pajamas should be washed after three to four wears, which means the ones you’ve been wearing for a week belong in the laundry. Take one evening to wash your sleepwear, and toss out your old raggedy jammies while you’re at it.
You may have “Netflix and chilled” recently, but did you do it in bed? Probably not. Slip on those freshly laundered pajamas, grab the popcorn, and get cozy. And if your mattress feels like one of those hard, uncomfortable movie theater seats, it’s time to upgrade to a Nectar.
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