Better Sleep Council and Council for Responsible Nutrition Issue Simple Steps to Sleep Better and Stress Less
Stress is a leading culprit that is robbing Americans of sleep, according to sleep researchers. While it is well known that stress can negatively impact sleep, new research from
"When you're stressed, and similarly when you are tired, every aspect of your waking life is affected, from work to personal relationships and even concentration," says BSC spokesperson and lifestyle expert
The Sleep Escape
The OSU study also reveals that the mattress plays a critical role in the sleep-stress relationship and quality of sleep. In fact, the OSU study found that significant decreases in stress paralleled reports of a good night's sleep on a new mattress, compared to one that is five years or older.
"People across the country are facing hardships from job losses and money woes," adds Coffey. "A mattress that cradles you with comfort can go a long way to help reduce stress. It provides a good night's rest so that you can perform your best during the day, even in tough times."
The BSC advises consumers to take time during Better Sleep Month to evaluate their mattress for optimum comfort and support and consider replacing it every five to seven years.
Investing in Your Wellness
Getting a good night's sleep on a supportive mattress is just one part of investing in a healthy lifestyle. Being active and eating healthy also play a large role. And with healthcare costs and unemployment rates increasing, CRN says that now, more than ever, it's important to think about taking an integrative approach to preventive healthcare.
"Studies show that healthy individuals tend to engage in many healthy habits–eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, exercising regularly and getting adequate amounts of sleep–as an integrative approach to wellness," says Douglas MacKay, N.D., vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. Dr. MacKay, a licensed naturopathic doctor, says certain supplements, including melatonin, magnesium and calcium, may help individuals relax or promote healthy sleep patterns.
"Herbals and other dietary supplements can be safe and effective ways to help individuals achieve quality sleep," says Dr. MacKay. "You should consult a doctor or healthcare professional to determine which supplements are the best regimen for your lifestyle."
Simple Steps to Sleep Better and Stress Less
1. Sleep soundly. Commit to getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night and keep a consistent sleep-wake schedule. If sleep problems persist, be sure to see a doctor, but also evaluate your bedroom environment and your mattress. If your mattress is uncomfortable, or more than five to seven years old, it could be robbing you of sleep and it might be time to replace it. 2. Eat right. Map out a healthy diet that's right for you. Consult a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, registered dietitian or naturopath, to help guide your plan and make sure you are getting the right balance of the food groups your body needs, including protein, vegetables, fruits, grains and dairy. 3. Supplement your life. Make sure to take your daily vitamins, starting with a multivitamin, as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Other supplements, including melatonin, valerian, 5-HTP and magnesium and calcium, may help promote healthy sleep patterns. Engage your healthcare professional, such as a doctor, registered dietitian or naturopath, in a discussion about which supplements are right for you. 4. Get Active. Commit to at least 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity five days a week. Work physical activity into your daily routine with three 10-minute sessions for your arms, abdominals and legs. Avoid exercising at least two hours before bedtime. 5. Live life in balance. We all have to work, but leave some time to play, too. Spend time with people you love. Spend time in nature. Do things that you enjoy. A healthy lifestyle means taking care of yourself--body, mind and spirit. Finding balance will help you feel better and sleep better.
As a starting point for assessing overall wellness, including sleep and which supplements might be right for your personal well-being, visit www.lifesupplemented.org and take My Wellness Scorecard, a free and fast on-line wellness assessment quiz and tool.
For more information on sleeping soundly, tips on how to shop for a mattress or to download the Better Sleep Guide, go to www.bettersleep.org.
About the Better Sleep Council: The Better Sleep Council (BSC) is a nonprofit organization endowed by the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), the trade association for the mattress industry. With a quarter of a century invested in improving America's quality of sleep, BSC educates consumers on the critical link between sleep and health, as well as the role of the sleep environment, primarily through an informative consumer Web site www.bettersleep.org, partner support and proactive consumer media outreach.
About the Council for Responsible Nutrition: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a
Douglas "Duffy" MacKay, N.D. is vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, for CRN. Dr. MacKay is a licensed naturopathic doctor and was a co-owner and practitioner in a family-owned
SOURCE Better Sleep Council