Have you noticed that when you don’t get enough sleep, you’re generally more impatient, less productive, moody, and less focused? And if that weren’t enough, sleep deprivation impairs memory, weakens the immune system, slows metabolism, and, as some recent studies suggest, makes you appear less healthy and less attractive. (In my opinion, this is reason enough to go to bed earlier.) Sleep is the body’s natural beauty treatment and it’s less expensive than any other treatment or medical procedure you can buy.
Sleep experts predict that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping. That means that when I’m 75 years old, I will have slept approximately 25 of those years! When I learned about the importance of sleep, I figured it was time to buy a new mattress set. After all, my mattress was ten years old and needed to be replaced. Like any well-educated consumer, I started “researching” mattresses. Whenever I stayed in luxury hotels, I would pull back the bed sheets, peek at the mattress, and make a note of the brand.
When I decided what I wanted, I went to City Mattress and purchased the best mattress I could afford – a firm, pillow top, Simmons Beautyrest mattress set. This is the brand of mattress I slept on when I stayed at the Peabody Orlando. I know, because I saw the label when I lifted the bottom sheet off the bed.
Next, I went online and purchased a set of high thread-count Charisma bed linens, a goose-down duvet, and feather pillows. It’s no wonder that my husband, my dog, and I sleep like babies every night!
If you want to get more sleep but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a pricey mattress or fancy bed linens, establish a bedtime ritual. Try to go to bed at roughly the same time every night and give yourself a brief transitional period. I try to wind down approximately 30 minutes before I go to bed.
To block distracting noises, invest in a soothing, sound-generator machine (yes, I have one, and I use it every night). Don’t watch the evening news or work on your computer and then expect to conk out right away.
Keep the room cool and turn off any bright lights. Take a bubble bath or hot shower, light a candle, read, or sit quietly before you turn the lights off. Avoid alcohol for several hours before putting your head on that pillow; it may make you want to sleep, but you might wake up in short order and have trouble nodding back off. It’s also not a good idea to eat a big meal just before bedtime.
A good night’s sleep provides a better sense of overall well-being and gives you more enthusiasm for almost everything you do. Going to bed a little earlier might even lead to more nighttime action of the intimate variety, too. That sounds like an aphrodisiac to me!