May is Better Sleep Month

Better Sleep Council Offers Advice that Will Put You to Sleep



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Better Sleep Council

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Better
 Sleep Month is here, and just in time.  Forty-seven percent of adults would
 like to improve the quality of their sleep, and 37 percent feel that they do
 not get enough sleep, according to a new survey conducted by the Better Sleep
 Council (BSC).
     "Growing demands on our lives and endless "to do" lists can make it
 difficult to get enough sleep," stated Andrea Herman, Director of the Better
 Sleep Council.  "However, it's important to make sleep a priority and to
 strive to get the best quality sleep that we can."
     "We all have too much to do, so make the most out of your time in bed.
 Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room on a comfortable, supportive mattress to
 help ensure a great night's sleep.  How well you sleep at night can make all
 the difference in how productive you'll be the next day," stated Herman.
     Because your mattress plays such an important role in how well you sleep,
 the Better Sleep Council recommends that you ask yourself the following
 questions:
 
     *  Do you wake up with pain, stiffness, or soreness?
     *  Are you not sleeping as well as you were a year ago?
     *  Was your best night's sleep somewhere other than your own bed?
     *  Does your mattress shows visible signs of wear and tear?
 
     If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your mattress could be
 affecting the quality of your sleep.  An uncomfortable mattress can rob you of
 sleep, causing you to toss and turn and preventing you from deriving the full
 benefit of your time in bed.  Sleeping on a mattress that meets your needs for
 comfort, support and space can help you sleep better.
     Too often, people are unaware that their mattress is no longer meeting
 their needs.  Sleepless nights can be avoided by carefully evaluating the
 comfort and support of your sleep set twice a year to make sure your personal
 comfort preferences are still being met.
     Here are ten tips to help you get the sleep you need and deserve.
 
      1.  GIVE YOURSELF "PERMISSION" TO GO TO BED.  As hard as it may be to put
          away your "to do" list, make sleep a "priority."  You'll thank
          yourself in the morning.
 
      2.  UNWIND EARLY IN THE EVENING.  Try to deal with worries and
          distractions several hours before bedtime.
 
      3.  DEVELOP A SLEEP RITUAL.  Doing the same things each night just before
          bed signals your body to settle down for the night
 
      4.  KEEP REGULAR HOURS.  Keep your biological clock in check by going to
          bed around the same time each night and waking up close to the same
          time each morning -- even on weekends.
 
      5.  CREATE A RESTFUL PLACE TO SLEEP.  Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room.
 
      6.  SLEEP ON A COMFORTABLE, SUPPORTIVE MATTRESS AND FOUNDATION.  It's
          difficult to sleep on a bed that's too small, too soft, too hard, or
          too old.
 
      7.  EXERCISE REGULARLY.  Regular exercise can help relieve daily tension
          and stress -- but don't exercise too close to bedtime or you may have
          trouble falling asleep.
 
      8.  CUT DOWN ON STIMULANTS.  Consuming stimulants, such as caffeine, in
          the evening can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
 
      9.  DON'T SMOKE.  Smokers take longer to fall asleep and wake up more
          often during the night.
 
      10. REDUCE ALCOHOL INTAKE.  Drinking alcohol shortly before bedtime
          interrupts and fragments sleep.
 
     The Better Sleep Guide, a 16-page brochure that provides simple solutions
 to help improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your
 sleep, as well as information on how your bedroom and mattress can affect the
 quality of your sleep, is available free to consumers.  Send your request to:
 Guide, P.O. Box 19534, Alexandria, VA 22320-0534.
     For more information on getting a good night's sleep or to download a copy
 of the Better Sleep Guide, visit the Better Sleep Council's web site at
 http://www.bettersleep.org .
 
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SOURCE Better Sleep Council
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Better
 Sleep Month is here, and just in time.  Forty-seven percent of adults would
 like to improve the quality of their sleep, and 37 percent feel that they do
 not get enough sleep, according to a new survey conducted by the Better Sleep
 Council (BSC).
     "Growing demands on our lives and endless "to do" lists can make it
 difficult to get enough sleep," stated Andrea Herman, Director of the Better
 Sleep Council.  "However, it's important to make sleep a priority and to
 strive to get the best quality sleep that we can."
     "We all have too much to do, so make the most out of your time in bed.
 Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room on a comfortable, supportive mattress to
 help ensure a great night's sleep.  How well you sleep at night can make all
 the difference in how productive you'll be the next day," stated Herman.
     Because your mattress plays such an important role in how well you sleep,
 the Better Sleep Council recommends that you ask yourself the following
 questions:
 
     *  Do you wake up with pain, stiffness, or soreness?
     *  Are you not sleeping as well as you were a year ago?
     *  Was your best night's sleep somewhere other than your own bed?
     *  Does your mattress shows visible signs of wear and tear?
 
     If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your mattress could be
 affecting the quality of your sleep.  An uncomfortable mattress can rob you of
 sleep, causing you to toss and turn and preventing you from deriving the full
 benefit of your time in bed.  Sleeping on a mattress that meets your needs for
 comfort, support and space can help you sleep better.
     Too often, people are unaware that their mattress is no longer meeting
 their needs.  Sleepless nights can be avoided by carefully evaluating the
 comfort and support of your sleep set twice a year to make sure your personal
 comfort preferences are still being met.
     Here are ten tips to help you get the sleep you need and deserve.
 
      1.  GIVE YOURSELF "PERMISSION" TO GO TO BED.  As hard as it may be to put
          away your "to do" list, make sleep a "priority."  You'll thank
          yourself in the morning.
 
      2.  UNWIND EARLY IN THE EVENING.  Try to deal with worries and
          distractions several hours before bedtime.
 
      3.  DEVELOP A SLEEP RITUAL.  Doing the same things each night just before
          bed signals your body to settle down for the night
 
      4.  KEEP REGULAR HOURS.  Keep your biological clock in check by going to
          bed around the same time each night and waking up close to the same
          time each morning -- even on weekends.
 
      5.  CREATE A RESTFUL PLACE TO SLEEP.  Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room.
 
      6.  SLEEP ON A COMFORTABLE, SUPPORTIVE MATTRESS AND FOUNDATION.  It's
          difficult to sleep on a bed that's too small, too soft, too hard, or
          too old.
 
      7.  EXERCISE REGULARLY.  Regular exercise can help relieve daily tension
          and stress -- but don't exercise too close to bedtime or you may have
          trouble falling asleep.
 
      8.  CUT DOWN ON STIMULANTS.  Consuming stimulants, such as caffeine, in
          the evening can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
 
      9.  DON'T SMOKE.  Smokers take longer to fall asleep and wake up more
          often during the night.
 
      10. REDUCE ALCOHOL INTAKE.  Drinking alcohol shortly before bedtime
          interrupts and fragments sleep.
 
     The Better Sleep Guide, a 16-page brochure that provides simple solutions
 to help improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your
 sleep, as well as information on how your bedroom and mattress can affect the
 quality of your sleep, is available free to consumers.  Send your request to:
 Guide, P.O. Box 19534, Alexandria, VA 22320-0534.
     For more information on getting a good night's sleep or to download a copy
 of the Better Sleep Guide, visit the Better Sleep Council's web site at
 http://www.bettersleep.org .
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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