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Many of us have found ourselves in a rabbit hole of thoughts, worries, or a social media feed in the middle of the night because we can’t fall asleep. We toss and turn, stress about the lost hours, and wonder if the counting sheep method ever really worked and who came up with it. People are obsessed with the reasons they can’t sleep and the best tricks to get your body to wind down and fall asleep.
There are so many answers to the question, “Why can’t I sleep?” It has to do with your surroundings, body temperature, stress levels, diet, and your overall relationship with the idea of sleep.
Sleep seems like such a natural part of the human body, similar to breathing. But the studies conducted by sleep scientists and wellness professionals have a similar theme: we have to make a conscious effort to have a good relationship with sleep.
We’ve gathered some of the best sleep hacks that you can try at night to prepare you for bedtime, fall asleep and stay asleep.
Yes, sleep is a human process — but it’s also a very individual experience and what works for one person may not work for another. If you envy the person that passes out within three minutes once their head hits the pillow, that’s fair. Here are some of the most popular (and unique) sleep hacks that you can try:
It’s important to know when you need more help than just the unusual sleep hacks and tricks that fill the internet. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine declared that 30-35% of adults have brief symptoms of insomnia, or the occasional restless night. Escalating in severity, 15-20% of adults have short-term insomnia, lasting for less than 3 months, while 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder, occurring at least 3 times per week for more than 3 months.
Insomnia is not just a nuisance for those that suffer from it, but it has impacts that reverberate through our economy. For the entire U.S. workforce, an estimated $63 billion is lost in work performance due to insomnia each year.
If you think you’re single-handedly contributing to the rise in Google searches for sleep tricks and hacks, it’s important to speak with your doctor.
As we said, there are a number of factors that impact sleep quality for each of us. Comfort and customization of your mattress play a big role in you falling asleep and waking rested. Mattresses are not a one-size-fits-all product.
There’s a scientific approach to finding out which mattress is best for you. BedMATCH uses a combination of height, weight, pressure points, and your sleep preferences to make choosing a mattress that’s personalized for you much easier.
If you’re reading this post between the hours of 1 am and 4 am, know that we’re rooting for you. Happy sleeping!
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