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Tips For Better Sleep

No matter how we frame it, a good mattress leads to good sleep.

Sometimes, though, it’s not so simple. Sleeping troubles are an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t defeat them.

We hate to brag (not really), but an OkiOki mattress feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud. Here are some helpful, to-the-point, sleeping tips that could take your sleep from the clouds all the way to REM heaven.

1. Turn down the temp on that thermostat.

Sleeping in a room warmer than 70 degrees fahrenheit will stop your body from releasing melatonin, making it harder for you to fall asleep. If the temperature goes above 75 degrees or below 54 degrees, it can cause you to toss and turn all night. If you're having trouble falling asleep at night, a colder room could help your body cool down enough to reach a level of deeper, restorative sleep.

2. Say sayonara to your daily snooze.

We get it, you love your OkiOki. We want to sleep in ours all day, too. However, studies have shown that prolonged naps (two hours +) and naps in the late-afternoon diminish the overall quality of your nighttime sleep. Try to reduce your nap time to 30 minutes or less, or eliminate your naps entirely.

3. Cut out that afternoon coffee.

You heard us. We know it’s hard... and do we follow this rule all the time? Absolutely not. In fact, we are huge coffee advocates, BUT we are even bigger sleep advocates. Sleep > afternoon coffee. Oki? Oki. 

4. Hug it out.

Did you know that there are blankets that are engineered to mimic the feeling of being held or hugged? Using a weighted blanket can relax your nervous system and actively balance the chemicals in your body that control both your mood and sleep. Your OkiOki + a never-ending warm hug could be the perfect recipe for sleep and happiness.

5. Put on your coziest socks.

It’s time to whip out those fuzzy socks grandma bought you for the holidays. Interestingly enough, a 1999 published Swiss study found a strong correlation between warm feet and ‘rapid sleep onset.’ There’s no reason to have cold feet with an OkiOki!

6. Make your sleeping partner get their own damn blanket.

Unless, perhaps, you’re the blanket hog and just aren’t willing to admit it (your secret is safe with us). While it may seem trivial, many couples have reported better sleep from simply using separate blankets in the same bed. After all, sometimes even the biggest blanket isn’t enough to compensate for the blanket hogs of the world. Of course, we still love them dearly.

7. Dream a little dream, doodle a little doodle.

Instead of drawing out your inability to sleep, just draw. Sometimes journaling can be beneficial, and other times simply doodling can be even better. Many creatives experience the most brain stimulation in the nighttime, so if you take a few minutes to just spit it all out onto paper, it could make for a much easier night of sleep. It could also yield some of your best creative output!

8. Open your computer settings.

While it’s not a bad idea to unplug 30-60 minutes before bed, most computers have updated their software to change the warmth/coolness or overall dimness of your computer’s light display. On some newer versions, you can even schedule your computer to do this on its own at a specific time of the day. We understand that the end of the day is your time to unwind and check up on the feed. Your OkiOki is a great place to get your social media fix.”

9. Tighten up.

One of the best ways to relax your muscles is to actually tighten them up first. In fact, squeezing and then releasing your muscles in a sequence that starts in your toes and works up your body is a very effective way to send your body into sleep mode.

10. What happens in the bedroom…stays in the bedroom.

Experts suggest that reserving your bed specifically for sleep and sex strengthens the association your mind has with sleep. Although your OkiOki is hard to resist, finding an alternative spot for your pre-bedtime activities, such as working or watching TV, will make it easier to wind down at night.

Sleep is serious. And we’re not just saying that. When you are fully rested, there is nothing that can stop you. So, while this blog may have been helpful, do not stop here! We hope our sleeping advice is something you can benefit from. And if you only got to tip #5, then well done. You’re welcome.

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