Eight tips to help you wake up refreshed
4. Rethink your mattress
The general consensus for replacing a mattress is every 7 to 10 years. But if you’re waking up with an achy back, it’s probably time to get a new mattress, no matter how long you’ve had it. And while a mattress isn’t inexpensive, it’s worth it to invest in a quality brand for both comfort and spine support. Make sure you take into consideration the position you sleep in, how much firmness you want, and what the mattress is made out of before you make your decision.
5. Upgrade your pillows
Pillows also play a part in getting a good night’s rest. Not sure if yours need replacing? Fold them in half. If they don’t spring back, it’s time for some new ones.
6. Turn down your thermostat
When it comes to sleep, the cooler the better—temps between 60 and 70 degrees are ideal. Invest in a smart thermostat, and you can easily schedule a bedtime temp that’s just right, every night.
7. Block noise
Outside commotion—whether from cars, a yapping dog, or the all-night block party—can wreak havoc on the quality of your sleep. White noise from a machine or an app on your phone may help drown out the racket, helping you to relax and fall asleep (or back to sleep).
8. Cut the clutter
Removing stacks of bills, exercise equipment, piles of magazines—anything that you don’t absolutely need in your bedroom—helps decrease stress and anxiety. Make an effort to put clothes and shoes away, and store “needed, but don’t need to see it” things in your closet.
(Keep in mind that decluttering doesn’t mean getting rid of meaningful items. A few framed photos, special mementos, or a book or two on your nightstand all add warmth and personality.)