March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Yes, that really is a thing. And it’s a very important thing. Most of us aren’t getting enough sleep. And when you aren’t getting enough sleep, your ability to dream – and to live your dreams – is limited.
The spa consultants at ISM SPA understand the importance of both sleep and dreams. We all groaned a bit when we realized it was time to change our clocks again. That’s when we found out that the fact that National Sleep Awareness Month coincides with the yearly ritual of switching over to daylight savings time is no accident.
“In general, ‘losing’ an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than ‘gaining’ an hour in the fall. An ‘earlier’ bedtime may cause difficulty falling asleep and increased wakefulness during the early part of the night,” Vanderbilt University reported. “If you have insomnia or are sleep-deprived already, you could experience more difficulties. In this situation, you could see decreased performance, concentration and memory during the workday, which is common to sleep-deprived individuals. You also may experience fatigue and daytime sleepiness. All of these are more likely if you consume alcohol or caffeine late in the evening.”
Sleep Advisor also states, "Rest and exercise are the building blocks of health, and scientists have been focusing more on exactly how the two affect each other." Check out their recent study on "How Timing Your Sleep and Exercise Improves Your Health."
Sleep support is just one of the innovative programming concepts introduced by ISM SPA consulting as part of a completely holistic spa environment. Our unique treatment helps people experience the benefits of sleep and the healing it can bring.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this refreshing concept, here are some tips from the National Sleep Foundation that might help you get a good night’s rest:
- Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
- If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. Power napping may help you get through the day,but if you find that you can't fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up during the night.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening.
Research also shows that we sleep better in a cool room (the optimal sleeping temperature is apparently between 60 – 67 degrees). All the experts agree that we should turn off all our screens before bed, too. The little from those screens – including your phone, your laptop or your TV – can trick your body into thinking it’s time to get up, not wind down. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day will also help.
Your physical environment can have a big influence on your moods, your energy and your ability to relax – whether you’re in your bedroom or at the spa. Design Expert Douglas Stratton, a valued member of the Innovative Spa Management Executive Team has an inherent understanding of mood, ambiance and character that allows him to seamlessly transition any space into an elegant atmosphere of warmth, serenity and escapism.
If you would like to see your spa’s menu and its environment go from traditional to transformational, we would be happy to meet with you. Our spa consultants work with day spa management clients as well as hotel spa management clients to introduce a holistic spa environment that will enhance the wellness experience for your guests.
And – if you don’t manage to improve your sleep cycles during National Sleep Awareness Month, you’ll have another chance to find inspiration and encouragement when Sleep Better Month rolls around in May. https://naturalsleepmattress.com/whats-in-a-bed/