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The New Year is the perfect time to look at your habits and make improvements to start off on the right track. If you’re looking to optimize your health, you may want to reassess something as simple as your sleep habits. Study after study has shown that adequate sleep is essential for optimal health. It helps prevent diseases and obesity, and can improve immunity.

Getting better sleep is accomplished by making healthier choices in other aspects of your daily life. Here are some key resolutions for a better night’s sleep:

Resolution 1: Exercise and Eat Well for Healthy Sleep

It’s well known that exercise can help with cardiovascular health, mental health, and even lead to healthier bones, but the benefits don’t stop there. Studies have shown that getting adequate exercise during the day can lead to deeper, better, and more therapeutic sleep with fewer interruptions.

As far as dietary choices go, less sugar and caffeine is not only essential for weight regulation, but also has profound implications for sleep. Studies have suggested that the regular ingestion of sugary, caffeinated products can be harmful for sleep. Specifically, those who drink or eat more of these substances sleep fewer hours in general.

Resolution 2: Decrease Screen time for Better Sleep

Watching news clips on the computer or scrolling through the Facebook feed on your phone before bed offers numerous drawbacks. For starters, the activity cuts down on meaningful one-on-one time at home with loved ones present. Also, depending on the information consumed, you may end up feeling more stressed and restless right before bed, when you should be most relaxed. If that wasn’t enough, screen time before bed has shown to have actual physiological effects, including interfering with your body’s natural melatonin production and decreasing healing, necessary REM sleep.

Resolution 3: Invest in Great Sleep Products

There’s only one you, so making quality investments in yourself should be a priority. Sleep is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of your health, so why compromise? A great mattress is essential to getting a good night’s sleep, and you are sure to receive quality from the Tempur-Pedic® line of mattresses.

According to reviews, Tempur-Pedic® mattresses offer “amazing” and “outstanding” value and sleep quality to purchasers. They offer advanced memory foam technology that shapes and adheres to your body, offering a customized sleep experience based on cutting-edge, proprietary formulas. Do you wake up with soreness? Tempur-Pedic® material minimizes this by decreasing pressure points as you sleep. Sleep with a restless partner? Tempur-Pedic’s® memory foam absorbs motion transfer between you and your partner.

This New Year, stick with resolutions that lead to a better, healthier you. If you’re interested in getting quality sleep with a Tempur-Pedic® mattress, or another sleep solution, shop online or visit us in-store. With three locations in the St. Louis area, The Back Store has got your back.