Sleep is more important to our health than eating or exercising yet 60% of adults in the US routinely don’t get enough sleep. According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch newsletter, sleep is far too important to shortchange and a lack of it is affecting the nation’s health. One of the reasons many baby boomers can’t sleep is because their nights are wracked with night sweats due to causes beyond their control like menopause, health conditions or while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.
But the good news is there are many things that can be done to restore sleep health, said Cool-jams founder Anita Mahaffey, an environmental sleep expert. When choosing nightwear opt for Cool-jams pajamas or nightgowns made from moisture-wicking fabric. The fibers used in this innovative fabric have wicking properties which pull moisture away from the skin to the fabric’s surface where it rapidly evaporates. The silky lightweight fabric not only feels cottony-soft to the touch it also soothes and cools. Reserve your bed strictly for sleeping and choose temperature-regulating bedding. Cool-jams has a collection of top-rated cooling sheets and pillowcases in a variety of pastel colors, with temperature regulating properties scientifically engineered into the fabric. In addition Cool-jams offers temperature-regulating silky, lightweight coverlets , buttery soft blankets, and cooling mattress pads. Mahaffey offers additional tips to help make sleep come easier.
- Sleep in complete darkness.
- Make your bedroom a stress-free sanctuary void of work materials, computers and electronics.
- Avoid loud ringing alarm clocks, which create stress for the body on awakening.
- Keep the room clean, organized, quiet, and comfortable and a cool 65 F/18 C.
- Exercise regularly, but complete workouts at least two hours before bedtime.
- Avoid eating, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine before bedtime.
- Allow 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night and allow time to ease into sleep.
- Relax before bedtime: sip herbal tea, enjoy a book, soft music or gentle yoga, and avoid television that stimulates the brain.