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We recently got our preschooler to sleep through the night… thank goodness. And while I do get better sleep now, there are tricks so you can maximize your sleep, too.
Exercise. Oh boy, this is a big one! The National Sleep Foundation found vigorous exercisers reported they slept twice as well as non-exercisers.
Create a sleep-friendly environment. If you sleep with the television on, stop it! You need a dark, quiet room for the best sleep. Also, cool down the room for better sleep.
Manage Medical Issues. Problems like sleep apnea and allergies can really get in the way of one’s sleep. If you can’t breathe, you can’t sleep well! If your significant other tells you your snoring keeps them awake at night, it’s time to figure out why you’re snoring. (To learn more about sleep apnea, click here.)
Have a regular sleep/wake-up schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This will help your body regulate itself and fall asleep faster.
Use bright light to regulate your body. Avoid bright lights (including smartphones and television) to help you go to sleep at night. In the morning, open the curtains to use the sunshine to get you moving.
Don’t wait for sleep. If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. Otherwise, you may just lie there feeling frustrated, which won’t help you fall asleep.
Don’t drink before bedtime. That beer before bed could affect your sleep. Pay attention to the alcohol you consume in the evening.
Get a comfortable mattress and pillows. If you’re mattress is lumpy or just plain old, it’s time to get new ones. If you’re pillows are flattened from years of use, it’s time to get new ones. Even if you do all of the tricks above, if you are sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress or pillows, you’re robbing yourself of good, productive sleep.
Just how much sleep should you be getting every night? According to the National Sleep Foundation:
- Preschoolers ages 3-5 years old need 11-13 hours of sleep per night
- School-aged children ages 5-10 years old need 10-11 hours of sleep per night
- Preteens and teens ages 10-17 need 8.5-9.25 hours of sleep per night
- Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night