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May is Better Sleep Month

Good sleep can improve your health and mood

The month of May is “Better Sleep Month” and according to the Better Sleep Council, nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they would feel better if they got more sleep.

Branford Hall Career Institute wants to encourage good sleep habits among its students and staff. If you are one of those 8 in 10 Americans, take a look at the Better Sleep Council’s advice on improving your sleep. Here are some tips, retrieved from http://bettersleep.org/.

  • Keep a consistent bed time and waking time—even on the weekends.
  • Avoid napping during the day if it interferes with your night sleep.
  • Reevaluate your mattress every 7 years to make sure it’s giving you the best comfort.
  • Replace your pillow about once a year.
  • Do something relaxing before bed, like reading or meditating or listening to calm music.
  • Avoid stressful activities or stressful conversations before bed.
  • Get natural light during the day. Then at night, make sure your room is as dark as you can make it.
  • Exercise regularly—but try not to exercise in the two hours before bedtime.
  • Don’t eat large meals before bed.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or use nicotine near bedtime.
  • Turn off the TV and any electronic devices about 1 hour before bed. These devices can affect your production of melatonin, one of your body’s natural chemicals which helps you get to sleep.
  • Use stress management techniques to get your stress levels under control. Too much stress can affect your sleeping.
  • If your partner is disturbing your sleep, try placing a body pillow between you, wearing ear plugs, or using separate blankets (to avoid cover battles).

We hope these tips help you get your full 8 hours of sleep every night. With good quality restful sleep, you will be amazed at how good you feel. Good sleep can improve your physical health, increase your productivity, and even improve your psychological health. Some people even find that it improves their memory, sparks their creativity, and increases their attention span.

With these benefits, it is well worth your time to find ways to improve your sleep! By finding a sleep routine that works for you, you will find that you have the power to improve your sleep and energize your life!

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