Improve Your Health With These Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
NEW YORK (September 1, 2015) – As the winter months approach, you’re probably planning to take preventative health measures recommended by your doctor: get the flu shot; wash your hands more often; sneeze into your elbow and not your hands. But one thing that makes you more susceptible to getting sick is being stressed and run down. Despite living in a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go, you can’t avoid the fact that proper sleep is a key element when it comes to your overall health.
Sleep is your body’s time to recuperate, so the less quality sleep you get, the less time your body has to do what it needs to keep you healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and that teens and children get 9 hours or more. Unfortunately, a quarter of the American population reports that they get inadequate sleep, which the CDC has deemed a public health epidemic. However, changing a few simple things about your daily routine or the room in which you sleep can greatly improve the quality of the sleep you get and, in turn, help improve your overall health.
Stick to a sleep schedule. Make sure that you go to bed and get up at roughly the same time each day, even on weekends! Having a consistent sleep pattern helps regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle, helping to sleep better at night. If you have trouble falling asleep within the first 20 minutes or so of going to bed, that’s okay – simply go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. Agonizing over falling asleep will only make it tougher for you to get the rest you need!
Get Cozy. This means making sure you have comfortable bedding. In a U.S.-based survey conducted by the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC), 70 percent of consumers surveyed who use down and feather products agreed that they get a better night’s sleep with down and feather bedding. Furthermore, 55 percent agreed that there are health benefits to sleeping with down and feather products, because they:
- Regulate your body temperature –Down and feather is a natural material that wicks away moisture and perspiration, allowing it to quickly evaporate rather than trapping it.
- Provide proper support—Down and feather pillows conform to the body more naturally than many synthetic fibers or foam pillows.
- Help tame allergens—Down and feather products are tightly woven and provide a clean, natural and moisture-free environment, so they aren’t conducive to dust mites, which are a source of allergies for nearly 20 million Americans.
Assess your sleeping conditions. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees – and
should be dark and quiet. If you don’t have one already, consider using room-darkening shades, and
make sure to ‘power down’ before you go to sleep. This means turning off TVs, computers or other
sources of blue light that may hurt your sleep. To help block-out extra noise, consider using a fan or
‘white noise’ machines to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
There are plenty of reasons to love the fall and winter months, and you’ll certainly appreciate these
cooler months even more if you’re getting the adequate amount of sleep that you need to stay healthy.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, start by making changes right to your bedroom – see what a difference
the quality of your bedding can make!
If you’d like to learn more about down and feather products, visit DownandFeatherCouncil.com.
About the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC)
The American Down and Feather Council (ADFC), a section of the Home Fashion Products Association
(HFPA), is a voluntary association of manufacturers of natural fill bedding products, as well as dealers,
buyers, sellers and processors of feathers and down for use in home fashion products. The goal of the
ADFC is to further the common interests of the down and feather products industry and to maintain and
improve product quality.