Win a New Mattress and Sleep Like a Dream
Posted by Katya Slater-Szirom
Visit us at Swinomish Casino & Lodge this January for a chance to win a new mattress! Starting January 9, we’re picking one lucky guest to win a Zotto mattress every week during our Sweet Dreams promotion. To get you ready for the best night sleep of your life, we wanted to share some of WebMD’s 20 Tips for Better Sleep, and hopefully you’ll wake up feeling better each day. Now, all you’re missing is a new mattress!
Block Your Clock
Do you glance at it several times a night? That can make your mind race with thoughts about the day to come, which can keep you awake .
Tip: Put your alarm clock in a drawer, under your bed, or turn it away from view.
Try a Leg Pillow for Back Pain
Your lower back may not hurt enough to wake you up, but mild pain can disturb the deep, restful stages of sleep. Put a pillow between your legs to align your hips better and stress your lower back less.
Tip: Do you sleep on your back? Tuck a pillow under your knees to ease pain.
Put Your Neck in 'Neutral'
Blame your pillow if you wake up tired with a stiff neck. It should be just the right size -- not too fat and not too flat -- to support the natural curve of your neck when you're resting on your back. Do you sleep on your side? Line your nose up with the center of your body. Don’t snooze on your stomach. It twists your neck.
Tip: Use good posture before bed, too. Don't crane your neck to watch TV.
Lower the Lights
Dim them around your home 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Lower light levels signal your brain to make melatonin, the hormone that brings on sleep.
Tip: Use a 15-watt bulb if you read in the last hour before bed.
Free Your Mind
Put aside any work, touchy discussions, or complicated decisions 2 to 3 hours before bed. It takes time to turn off the "noise" of the day. If you’ve still got a lot on your mind, jot it down and let go for the night. Then, about an hour before you hit the sack, read something calming, meditate, listen to quiet music, or take a warm bath.
Tip: Even 10 minutes of relaxation makes a difference.