Did you know that over 20% of Americans may suffer from chronic sleep loss or untreated sleep disorders? If you think getting a solid eight hours of sleep is going to cure all of your sleep woes, think again. Getting enough sleep is only half of the battle; the key to mastering the ultimate in rest is getting good sleep. So where do you start?
Start with stress. It’s no secret by now that stress is a major contributing factor to sleeplessness and restlessness. So what are you so stressed about? Well, if you’re an aging senior, living independently, a big concern is one’s own safety, especially if you do not have any personal protection on hand. What if you encounter a home fire, home invasion or even a serious fall while grabbing your midnight snack? How will you reach help? Well, worry less and sleep with confidence thanks to Life Alert Protection! With over 25 years in the emergency medical alert industry, Life Alert has saved hundreds of thousands of users thanks to their fast acting emergency pendant. To date, they save a life from a catastrophe every 10 minutes! Their stress free system is easy to use, simply slip the lightweight, waterproof pendant around your neck or wrist and in the event of a life threatening emergency, push the button on your pendant to summon an emergency medical response fast! A good nap can beckon at any time, which is why Life Alert’s dispatch team is available 24/7! So lay your head down and rest well, because Life Alert Protection has got your back!
So now that the stress of personal safety is solved with Life Alert, Real Simple has a few other tips to help you refresh your bedtime and banish those bad bed habits so you can get some good, well-rounded sleep!
Not Going to Bed on a Schedule
A person’s sleep cycle is, on average, 90 minutes. So if you plan your bedtime and wake up at a multiple of 90 minutes apart, you’ll likely wake up happier and refreshed every day.
Drawing the Curtains Before Bed
Natural light keeps your body on a natural sleep-wake cycle. If you frequently wake up feeling tired and groggy, your dark room and closed curtains might be to blame. Leave them open when you go to bed and let the sunrise wake your body up naturally to start your day on the right foot.
Not Putting Away Your Cell Phone
The time after work and before bed might be your only time to waste away on social media, watching cat videos until it’s time to go to bed and do the whole day over again. But you might find you have more energy in the morning if you can put away your screens for a few hours before bed.
Not Making the Bed When You Wake Up
Could a chore like this one really make your life better? Yes, actually. Making the bed is a keystone habit that’s correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.
Getting Out of Sync on the Weekends
There are some great ideas here for going to bed and waking up happier, but every time you sleep in on the weekend, you’re resetting the whole system. Keep up with all your new habits—the 90-minute sleep cycles and the open curtains and making the bed in the morning—for your best shot at long-term sleep success.
Your good rest may start with better bed habits, but it ends with a sense of safety and security. If you are lacking in the personal protection department, it’s no wonder you’re not sleeping well. Cure your safety woes with Life Alert’s emergency pendant. Wear their lightweight and waterproof pendant around your neck or wrist and in the event of a life threatening emergency, push the button on your pendant and summon an emergency medical response fast, 24/7! If you’re living independently, don’t wait to sleep on your personal protection plan, instead, get Life Alert Protection today and catch some quality z’s! For a FREE brochure on all of their exciting protection services, a guaranteed reading that won’t put you to sleep, call 1-800-513-2934.
- “Sleep Facts and Statistics in USA”. SleepPhones. 4 May 2016. <http://www.sleepphones.com/statistics>.
- Williford, Taryn. “5 Bad Bed Habits Keeping You From a Happier, Healthier Life”. Real Simple. <http://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/sleep/bad-habits-in-bedroom >.