You’ve heard it before, but those eight hours a night really are the best bet for dodging sniffles and sneezes. Here are some tips to getting (and staying) on a regular, healthy sleep schedule:
Go to sleep at the same time every night – Choose a time when you usually start feeling sleepy, so that you drift off easily. Try to keep this routine on weekends as well (it’s okay, you can DVR Saturday Night Live). If you want to switch up the bedtime, try doing it in small steps, such as fifteen minutes earlier or later each day.
Wake up at the same time every day – Once your body starts getting used to going to sleep, you should begin to wake up naturally without an alarm. Try to maintain this on the weekends along with the consistent bedtime.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol – Caffeine can cause sleep problems up to ten to twelve hours after drinking it, so if you’re an evening java sipper, you might want to think about cutting back. Same deal for those who favor a nightcap before hitting the sheets. Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but it IS a stimulant, and may keep you up later in the night.
Don’t nap OR exercise too close to bedtime – If you fall off of the eight hour wagon, it’s okay to take a daytime nap – just make sure it isn’t too close to bedtime, or else you might be faced with a case of insomnia.
Clocking in a full eight hours leaves you with more energy and also keeps the immune system strong, with resistance high and ready to fight off any cold or flu germs that try to pay a visit. For the best eight hours, you’ll want a mattress that provides maximum comfort and support. Stop by A Goodnight Sleepstore today to find one that’s perfect for you!