As we enter year 3 of the pandemic, Americans are more stressed than ever. Nearly 2 in 3 Americans reported that they desperately need a vacation. Nearly half of us find ourselves too anxious to sleep many nights. World events have put a lot on our minds. So many of us are stressed and not sleeping – and it’s time to fix this.
Unfortunately, lack of sleep and stress are locked together in a vicious cycle. Poor sleep robs people of their health, mental soundness, and productivity. Those who sleep badly are twice as at risk of a car accident and have a 13% higher mortality rate than those who sleep well. Sleep is vital to our health, wellbeing, and focus, but a third of Americans aren’t getting enough.
How can individuals invest in better sleep? The first place to look is at your bed itself. High quality bedding provides more comfort and translates to getting better sleep. On sheets, 200 to 800 thread count maximizes durability and softness. In terms of fabrics, cotton is breathable and comfortable (unlike synthetics, which trap body heat). Bedding should have neutral, deeper colors to create a relaxing atmosphere. If you can’t afford all the new sheets, try updating just your pillowcase. Finally, launder your bedding often for maximum comfort.