7 Ways to Celebrate World Sleep Day & Sleep Awareness Week
Celebrate National Sleep Week with us March 10 to 16, 2019.
To honor one of our favorite weeks of the year—Sleep Awareness Week —we’re offering up tips and tricks to help improve your sleep quality all week (and all year). These ideas are supposed to be a snooze, so no offense if you doze off while reading.
7. Have a “playdate” in bed
Penciling in a love session with your partner this week might sound unsexy, but it’s a good idea for helping to improve your sleep. Having sex lowers stress hormones and stimulates the production of oxytocin, a hormone that influences bonding and induces sleep. One Australian study found that two-thirds of people slept better after sex, especially if both reached orgasm.
6. Eat kiwi for dessert
Craving a post-dinner treat that’ll also lull you to sleep? Research shows that eating kiwi has been linked to substantial improvements in sleep quality and sleep quantity. For a list of snooze-friendly foods and drinks, click here.
5. Visit the aquarium or planetarium
Whether it’s watching fish swim gracefully or learning about the stars under an indoor night sky, these activities can be mentally soothing and give you relaxing playback as you drift off to sleep.
4. Tidy up your bedroom
If you have indoor or outdoor allergies, asthma, or let pets sleep in your room, it’s important to eliminate dust and pet dander from your floors, bedding, and upholstery. Toss all bedding in the wash on the hot cycle, vacuum carpets or sweep and mop floors, and wipe down surfaces. Chances are you’ll be exhausted afterward and can head straight to bed in a cleaner space.
3. Overhaul your pajama drawer
When’s the last time you could honestly say that all of your pajamas were fresh and clean? The American Cleaning Institute says pajamas should be washed after three to four wears, which means the ones you’ve been wearing for a week belong in the laundry. Take one evening to wash your sleepwear, and toss out your old raggedy jammies while you’re at it.
2. Create a sleep playlist
No wind-down routine is complete without a mellow playlist. Choose a curated one from services like Spotify or Pandora, or you can DIY. Opt for soothing sounds, like rainfall, or songs with a tempo of 60 to 80 beats per minute, which is the sweet spot for sleep, according to research.
1. Have movie night in bed
You may have “Netflix and chilled” recently, but did you do it in bed? Probably not. Slip on those freshly laundered pajamas, grab the popcorn, and get cozy. And if your mattress feels like one of those hard, uncomfortable movie theater seats, it’s time to upgrade to a Nectar.