The Better Sleep Council confirms that stress is keeping Americans up at night reporting that 65 percent of Americans are losing sleep due to stress, 32 percent of Americans are losing sleep at least one night per week and 16 percent of Americans experience stress-induced insomnia.
If stress is keeping you up all night, Dr. Kathleen Hall says to create a sleep ritual to relax and unwind before bed. “Your mind and body like knowing there is the same sleep ritual every night and will respond to this discipline. Go to bed at the same time every night. Make the temperature cool and keep your bedroom uncluttered with no computers or televisions on,” says Dr. Hall. It also helps to take a warm bath or shower and read a relaxing book before bed.
If you’re still awake, Dr. Michael Breus adds that going to bed at a consistent time and practicing meditation techniques are two more ways to get a good night’s sleep. Dr. Breus also suggests taking a look at your pillow and mattress. Pillows need to be replaced every year, and your mattress needs to be both supportive and comfortable.
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