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Easy ways to get a better night’s sleep!

March 21, 2012 by
Pink bedroom by nolaclutterbusters, on Flickr

For many, getting a quality night’s rest is easier said than done. Whether you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or just getting enough of it, here are the latest tips for getting the slumber you need, courtesy of Lifehacker.

Pink bedroom by nolaclutterbusters, on Flickr

Pink bedroom by nolaclutterbusters, on Flickr

1. Use proper bedding Naturally, we’re a big proponent of this at Cuddledown! But in all truth, using the bedding that fits your needs plays a big role in your sleeping comfort. Bothered by neck pain while lying down? Consider trying a Sleep Solution Pillow that’s specially designed to alleviate the aches and pains you might have. You might also consider using a mattress pad to give your bed extra support or cushioning.

2. Exercise in the morning Although this is often debated, the National Sleep Foundation recommends exercising in the morning as opposed to at night. Morning exercise can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply, while exercise too close to bedtime may actually make it harder to fall asleep. Since this isn’t true for everyone, Prevention Magazine suggests experimenting to see how evening exercise affects you.

3. Limit screen time Sure, it’s tempting to tote your laptop/phone/iPad to bed and use it until you fall asleep, but did you know that backlit screens  can suppress the release of serotonin, which helps to promote sleep? Lifehacker recommends developing an evening routine so you’ll feel relaxed before bedtime – and turning off electronics at least an hour before you’re ready to sleep.

4. Wake up gently There’s nothing worse than being jolted awake by a loud alarm clock! While it would be ideal to wake up naturally every day, for most, that just isn’t possible. So, why not wake up more gently? There are lots of new devices that are making the traditional alarm clock a thing of the past – like this handy new Wake Up Light app! It simulates a sunrise on your computer, so you’ll feel as though you’ve awoken naturally.

Tell us, what’s your secret for getting a great night’s sleep? We’d love to hear!

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