National Sleep Awareness Week 2013

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Did you know that this is National Sleep Awareness week?

This campaign began on March 3 and ends on March 10th with the return to Daylight Savings Time where many Americans lose an hour of sleep! Yawn.

This year’s Sleep in America poll held by the National Sleep Foundation focused on the relationship between sleep and exercise.

Serta (maker of the Official Mattress of the National Sleep Foundation) recently shared with me the results of this poll.

Sleep and Exercise

Approximately 1 in 4 Americans report their overall sleep quality as bad but Americans who exercise report the best sleep, and those that exercise vigorously are twice as likely as non-exercisers to report a good night’s sleep every night or almost every night. 

Non-exercisers tend to be more excessively sleepy than exercisers and have more symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea which increases risk for heart disease and stroke. Approximately one-half (51%) perceive their sleep quality to improve on days they exercise.

Want to feel more energized in your workouts?

Tips for Sleeping Better

o   Exercise regularly.

o   Keep your bedroom quiet and cool with a comfortable, supportive mattress such as the such as Serta’s Perfect Sleeper, the official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation that addresses the 5 most common sleep issues such include tossing & turning, lack of support (leading to back pain), sleeping too hot or too cold, partner disturbance and mattress roll-off or sag.

o   Practice a relaxing bed time ritual.

o   Remove work materials.

You can check out this infographic below to learn more about the Sleep in America poll and click here to read my review on my Serta iComfort mattress, which has personally made a huge difference in my quality of sleep and how much more exercise I get as a result.

 [Disclosure: I am a part of the Serta blogger team and received a complimentary mattress to facilitate my reviews. All opinions are 100% my own. I love, love, love my mattress.]

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