Grab your favorite pair of pajamas and a sleeping mask because right around the corner is May, otherwise known as Better Sleep Month!Like all things sleep-related, we couldn’t be more excited for an entire month dedicated to those precious Z’s. Better Sleep Month is supported by the Better Sleep Council to create awareness around the benefits of quality sleep, as well as encourage the public to seek and achieve better sleep. To get you as excited as we are for this sleep-dedicated month, we have compiled a list of some of the incredible benefits that high-quality sleep can have on your health and wellbeing:
Better Brain Functionality
Sleep plays a crucial role in memory consolidation and overall brain functionality. After a long day of taking in new information, your brain works while you are asleep to store this information. It’s simple: better sleep means a sharper brain.
As you sleep, your blood pressure naturally decreases. So the more time you spend asleep in a 24 hour period, the more time you're allowing your heart to rest. More sleep will lead to lower blood pressure and decreased risk of heart disease.
Strong Immune System
Along with these health benefits, better quality sleep supports a stronger immune system. Getting enough sleep allows your immune cells to work properly so that they can ward off bacteria and viruses.
A Boost in Mood
In addition to processing information while asleep, your brain also works to process your emotions. Achieving a good night’s rest will lead to a boost in your mood. Now that you know all the ways better sleep can improve your life, it’s time to start preparing for the month ahead. Here are some of the ways you can make the most of Better Sleep Month and start getting the sleep you truly deserve:
Create a Sleep Sanctuary
Turning your bedroom into the ultimate sleeping sanctuary can do wonders in promoting better sleep. To turn your space into a sleep sanctuary, be sure to keep the temperature low (between 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit) as doing so helps produce melatonin in your body. In addition, ensure your bed is a place dedicated to sleep and relaxation, and that the blue lights that radiate from your electronic devices are nowhere to be found.
Bedtime rituals that help relax your body before bed are key to achieving your best night’s sleep. Before going to bed, try taking a warm bath or shower to relax your muscles. You can also make yourself some warm chamomile tea, the perfect before-bed drink as it contains no caffeine and has a great variety of health benefits.
Treat Yourself to New Bedding
What better way to take advantage of Better Sleep Month than by revamping your bedding? High-quality bedding is crucial to a comfortable night’s sleep, and your old mattress could be the reason for any aches and pains you feel throughout the night. Treat yourself to a luxury Lull mattress that contains the highest quality materials: 3 layers of memory foam to provide you with supreme comfort and support. While you’re at it, grab yourself some new pillows that will properly support your neck, as well as some silky soft sheets and a cozy duvet! Lull is making it easy for you to get all things necessary to sleep soundly throughout the night. May is the perfect month to focus on getting better sleep, but achieving good quality sleep should be a priority at all times. Take full advantage of Better Sleep Month and strive towards getting the sleep you deserve.