Sleep disturbances are all too common among American adults. In fact, 62 percent of people claim to suffer sleep issues every week, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Along with making it hard to work and enjoy daily activities, sleep struggles can result in memory loss, concentration issues, and even medical problems such as weight gain and immune system dysfunction. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from disordered sleep indefinitely. There are steps you can take to improve your sleep quality as well as your health. Here are some of the most effective healthy sleep habits courtesy of the Pure Parima team.
Stick to the Schedule
Do you tend to switch up your sleep schedule, going to bed early on weeknights and staying up until all hours on the weekend? If so, these change-ups may be stopping you from getting enough rest. For best results, strive to hit the sack at the same time each night and wake up at the same time in the morning. Consistency can help you get the rest you need to be productive at work or school.
Cut Caffeine and Alcohol
You probably know it can be problematic to drink a cup of coffee before bed. However, you might not realize that an alcoholic beverage can also cause issues when consumed late in the day. Like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine are stimulants that make it hard to sleep. For best results, avoid these substances and refrain from eating a big meal in the hours before bedtime.
Stop the Naps
It can be tempting to lie down for a nap in the middle of a busy day. However, if you sleep in the afternoon, you might not be tired come nightfall. If you must take a nap, try to sleep for less than 30 minutes. Even a short siesta can be enough to fill you with energy for working or studying.
Buy Better Bedding
If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, it might be time to swap out your current bedding. In general, most people sleep better at night on sheets made from 100 percent pure Egyptian cotton. At once silky soft and highly breathable, quality Giza cotton sheets are moisture-wicking, so you’re less likely to wake up in a tangle of sweat. Additionally, long-staple Egyptian cotton is less likely to cause rashes and scratches or irritate sensitive skin.
Need a recommendation for sleep-friendly bedding? If you love the feel of silk against your skin, then you’ll surely appreciate our Triple Luxe Sateen Sheet Set. Temperature regulating and butter-soft, this high-end collection comes complete with a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and coordinating pillowcases. It boasts sumptuous triple embroidered stitching and a thread count of 700. The subtle stripe design is available in an array of hues, including Teal and Arctic.
While sateen is a favorite among our customers, some sleepers prefer their bedding with the crispness of percale. A great option for those who love the freshness of hotel sheets, our Ultra Percale Sheet Collection is designed to breathe calmness and comfort into any bedroom. These stunning sheets feature matte percale fabric and a timeless design that looks lovely in any home. Cool and modern, our percale sheets come in both White and fashion-forward Carbon.
Turn Down the Lights
Too much light can make it hard to sleep at night. After all, light exposure impacts your body’s circadian rhythm and impedes your ability to rest. If you’re struggling to drift off, you might want to invest in some blackout curtains to block the windows. Want a more affordable solution? Pick up a silky eye mask to block out light from the sun or a partner who likes to stay up late reading.
Purchase a Supportive Pillow
It’s hard to sleep if you’re feeling a constant ache in your neck, shoulders, or back. Fortunately, a good pillow can be an effective solution to your sleeping woes. We recommend choosing a pillow that supports your specific style of sleep. For example, back sleepers need a lower pillow than those who tend to slumber on their side. For best results, pick up a cooling pillowcase to cover your new purchase. Manufactured using our softest sateen fabric, the Ariane pillowcases boast self-colored scroll embroidery for added excellence. They’re available in a wide array of shades including White, Linen, and Icy Blue.