The essential guide to a deeper sleep
It’s time to listen to what some unexpected experts have to say. Their jobs don’t necessarily include long hours in a laboratory studying sleep problems, but what they know about a multitude of other irritants – stomach ills and back pain and windows in need of shades – just might put you out for the night.
“If you can, try the type of mattress you’re considering in a hotel or at a friend’s house. Some stores may even let you sleep on it for a night. Some mattress companies will also give you a full refund if you don’t like it after a month.”
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, cofounder of the Apartment Therapy website
Anthropologist Carol Worthman
Pet-training consultant Tracey Schowalter
“Dogs sleep when they’re bored. If you keep them awake during the day, they’re more likely to sleep at night.”
“One of the biggest disrupters of sleep is the pulling and tugging of sheets and blankets. I tell couples that each person should have a sheet and blanket. If you pull a big comforter or duvet over the top when you make the bed, you really can’t tell. Couples call me after I suggest that and say, ‘Wow – you changed our marriage.’”
Pamela Dalton, odour-perception expert and sensory psychologist
Allergist Dr Jacqueline Eghari-Sabet
Time-management coach Colin Grey
“Watching TV at night may seem relaxing, but it beams light into your eyes, which is an ‘alert’ signal for the brain. Read a book before bed instead.”
Psychiatrist Dr Tara Brass
Jan Engle, professor of pharmacy
“An oral decongestant might help you breathe better, but it can increase your heart rate, which makes it hard to sleep. A nasal decongestant can rev you up too. At night, try a saline spray or wash instead.”
Pharmacist Eric Alvarez
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