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A Better Night’s Sleep Includes the Right Pillow

Between working, being in a relationship, raising kids, and taking care of yourself and family, there are plenty of opportunities for the quality of your sleep to be compromised. A good night’s sleep can be hard to find, and that’s why it’s important to take meaningful steps toward creating the best possible environment for quality rest — including deciding which pillow you’re going to sleep on.

While you can’t always control everything that may affect your quality of sleep, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of getting some fulfilling shuteye. Here are Vermont Pillow Company’s six tips to optimize your trips to Dreamland!Consistency Is Key

Some people are night owls, and others are early risers. Some unfortunate souls are both. When you’re younger and still in school, it’s especially important to get at least eight hours of sleep, but this becomes a little more flexible when you reach adulthood. In fact, it’s often recommended that adults sleep no more than eight hours a night, with seven hours being a generally accepted healthy amount. Regardless of when you take those seven hours, try to make it consistent. This means making it a habit to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, even on the weekends. This isn’t just to make your schedule more consistent - it reinforces your body’s natural sleep/wakefulness cycle.

You Sleep What You Eat

While you may feel like passing out immediately after eating a large meal, try to avoid going to bed after absolutely gorging yourself. Giving your body a few hours to digest before going to bed means you’re less likely to be disrupted by any discomfort.

Stimulants like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can also have a big impact on your quality of sleep. Everyone’s body is different, but partaking of any one of these (or all three, like some kind of party animal) can have side effects that impair your sleeping ability, as these chemicals take hours to work their way through your system.

Create a Space Conducive for Sleeping

There are three must-haves for your bedroom if you want restful sleep: cool temperatures, darkness, and quiet. Your body’s natural reaction to light is “it must be daytime,” which makes falling or staying asleep a challenge. This is especially true of blue light, which is abundantly emitted from digital screens, including smartphones. Limit your use of screens before bed, invest in some blackout curtains, and find a way to block out unnecessary noises. Many people prefer white noise to help create a comforting drone, typically from a fan or an app on their phone.

Stick to Cat Naps During the Day

Sleeping for more than 30 minutes during the day, especially late in the day, can absolutely wreck your ability to fall asleep at your usual time. If you need to nap, try to keep it short and sweet.

Get Off the Couch

Staying active during the day means your body will get the most out of the hours spent sleeping at night. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and keep moving, and your sleep will improve.

Choose the Right Pillow

How you sleep and what you sleep on are inseparable factors. Give your quality of sleep the edge it needs with a pillow designed for balanced comfort and support. Vermont Pillow Company’s Pow-Pow and Pow-Fresh pillows strike that perfect balance and include features like a cooling gel shell to enhance your quality of sleep. Buy your next pillow online now!