Do you have a love-hate relationship with the Sandman? If you’re like a lot of people, you aren’t always getting a full night of sweet beauty sleep — a new National Sleep Foundation poll shows that about 41 percent of people report problems with tossing and turning at least a few nights a week.
- Cool it down. (67 percent). “Heat tends to be stimulating or awakening; coolness tends to make you sleepy,” says Dr. Ojile. “We’re not talking ice-box, but cooler!”
- Clean up. (62 percent). More than half of the poll respondents cite a clean bedroom as being an important factor in getting a good night’s sleep. Interestingly, more than three-fourths (76 percent) say they make their bed at least a few days a week and more than one-half (56 percent) say they make their beds every day or almost every day. Seventy-eight percent report feeling more excited about going to bed when they have clean sheets.
As you probably know, it’s important to get good sleep on a regular basis, otherwise your health — from immediate to longer-term — can be affected. “The first thing that goes is your cognitive ability,” says Dr. Ojile. Getting good sleep is important when it comes to thinking and making good decisions, he says.
There are more immediate health issues, such as a lowered immune system that can result in colds, infections and even breakouts (they call it beauty sleep for a reason!). And he adds, “Not having adequate sleep as part of your routine will diminish your exercise and athletic performance.” Longer term, Dr. Ojile says, “Not getting enough sleep increases your risk for things like heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes.”
As the National Sleep Foundation says, “Love your bedroom, and improve a third of your life!”
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