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Sleep Tips

Remember to Relax: How to Resolve Stressful Sleeping

Sometimes the only thing keeping you from a productive night's sleep is the amount of stress you bring with you to bed. Over-packed days and hectic schedules often create chaos whenever we are ready for rest. With tomorrow's to-do's hanging over us, it is almost impossible to avoid the stress that comes with yet another busy day. Mattress Firm has some helpful information so you don't get used to stressful sleeping every night.

Although we are all susceptible to stress and its impact on sleep, it can affect men and women differently. In the latest Mattress Firm study -- Dozed and Confused: Why Americans Have Trouble Sleeping -- our research found that the relationship between stress and sleep can vary based on gender.

The Mattress Firm reviews are in and the survey states, adults with high stress levels were found to be 63% female, and only 37% male. With twice as many stressed adults getting fewer than 5 hours or less of sleep each night (and women making up over half of the stressed population), it is safe to assume that stressed women may have more trouble falling asleep. That is not to say that men don't bring stress with them into the bedroom, but women are more likely to have their busy schedules wreak havoc on their sleep habits.

Tips to Sleep Less Stressed

So ladies (and gents), why let stress negatively affect your bedtime routine? Mattress Firm wants you to stick to these tips to help reduce stress and fall asleep with ease.

Relax Your Best Before You Rest.

As you start to wind down before bed, start by doing something you find truly relaxing. Decreasing stimulation in the evening hours will help get you in the mindset for bed. Whether you enjoy reading or taking a bubble bath, it's best to start the night by making relaxation a theme, leaving all of your unwanted stress at the door.

Because relaxing is easier said then done, some find it helpful to engage in mindfulness mediation. Studies have proven that this specific type of mediation has been linked with several health benefits, including improved sleep.

Turn off the Tech.

Ever heard of the setting "Do Not Disturb?" Well, bedtime is the perfect time to put it to use. Looking at your electronic devices has been proven to negatively affect your sleep, especially when they wake you up from your snooze. Those bright little screens can suppress melatonin, keeping you up all night.

Using technology at night has been linked to stress-induced behavior. With all of the blue light, noise and distracts they emit, it is best to find another activity to reduce your anxiety.

Create Your Own Sleep Sanctuary.

Even if you've tried relaxing before bed, sometimes your thoughts get the best of you and before you know it, an hour has passed since you turned off your lights. One of the best ways to avoid the "stressed sleep syndrome" is to make your bedroom a sanctuary.

Consider giving your room a major makeover with new comfy sheets, blackout curtains and a good mattress. Avoid putting a TV in your room for late-night binge-watching and resist the craving to eat or work in bed. This will improve the association between your bedroom and sleep, signifying to your brain that once you get in bed, it's time to sleep.

Next time you look at your to-do list and have a moment of panic, remember that in order to work hard, you must also sleep hard. Although the occasional build-up of stress is inevitable, try using these tips to avoid another sleepless night.

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