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3 Interesting Sleep Facts and the Sleep Pledge Check-In!

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There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. Credit: Perfecto Insecto

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Oh my goodness, guys. We knew we’d get a lot of fun entries for the Tempur-Pedic and FBG Sleep Pledge and giveaway to win a new bed, but ya’ll have created some amazingly awesome and creative bedtime rituals. We know we’re going to have a hard time picking finalists for next week’s post for sure…

Speaking of, we want to hear how the Sleep Pledge and those amazingly awesome and creative bedtime rituals are going! Remember that to be eligible to be a finalist for the giveaway, you have to comment on last week’s post (where you announced your bedtime ritual) AND below on this post, telling us how it’s going. But before you do, check out this simply fascinating research from Tempur-Pedic’s Sleep Surveys!

tempur-pedic3 Interesting Sleep Facts

1. We’re willing to make sacrifices in order to get a good night’s sleep. Nearly 50 percent of Americans are willing to go a month without Facebook, iPhones or iPads in order to get a good night’s sleep!

2. Most of us have fallen asleep in really odd-arse places. Fifty-nine percent of Americans admit to falling asleep in inappropriate places. Some of the more interesting situations and places where Americans said they have napped include bathroom stalls, graveyards, military combat, elevators and court.

3. Snoring isn’t the only thing that bugs us about our significant other. In the survey, Americans were asked about bedmate behaviors that made having a great night’s rest most difficult. Their responses (in order of popularity): snoring and constant tossing and turning (tie), sleeping with lighting or electronic equipment on, coming to bed or waking up early, and getting in and out of bed during the night.

Can’t wait to read how those bedtime rituals are going. Someone is going to win a free Tempur-Pedic Contour Signature bed! Wheee!—Jenn

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23 Comments
  1. Nellie says:

    So, the challenge has been great, but I think my body is still getting used to going to bed/getting up at the same time every day. Initially, I would wake up feeling energized, but, after day 2, I’ve been waking up groggy. As for the ritual, it’s not been too difficult to stick to so far, even when I could have kept working on my computer later in the evening, when my phone alarm went off at 9:30pm, I powered down….it has made a big difference in how fast I’m able to fall asleep!

    Thanks again for the motivation to change these habits and a great giveaway opportunity!!

  2. Kimberly says:

    I love my bedtime ritual and look forward to it. It does help me stick to a time frame (getting to bed on time!), mainly because I have a cat that is waiting for her snuggle time. How does she know when it’s time, I don’t get that!!! 🙂

    I have been committed to sticking to the ritual and not deviating from it. And I can say that I have been sleeping so well. I get up easily to being my day, 3 times a week, with a morning run. I only started running in April. 😀

  3. Janet says:

    Yes…I have kept my pledge and turning off all electronics and taking my bath and drinking my tea and sleeping like a baby!! Feel great all day long without needing to take a nap or drinking a lot of caffeine! Looking forward to sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic 😉

  4. Tatiana M says:

    On to a more serious note, sleep is extremely important to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Lack of sleep can cause weight gain, lower your immune system and decrease your ability to function mentally. In the first couple years of being a night shifter, I’ve done crazy and unsafe stuff like running a red light in front of a cop and not remembering my drive home in the morning. This was all exacerbated by being a mom of young kids and not taking sleep seriously. Fifteen years later, sleep is a top priority. My rituals from my previous post, which have been refined over the years, work best for me. By no means am I an advocate for sleep aids, but my job in an intensive care unit require that I’m fully alert. The Ambien just helps me stay asleep longer and not wake easily over normal everyday activity. One of the best tips a coworker has given me is to listen to your body and lay down when your tired. I’ve adopted this approach and feel great. In conclusion, whether you’re a 9 to 5 day shift worker or an unconventional night owl like myself, take your sleep seriously. Your overall health will thank you for it.

  5. Ivori says:

    The Tempur-Pedic Sleep Pledge Challenge has been universally amazing 🙂
    I actually feel tired around 10pm and wake up 10 minutes before my alarm goes off! I do not feel groggy or irritated in the morning and have immense energy.
    The first night was REALLY hard because I am so accustomed to staying up ’till midnight or later; I would lay in bed…awake, waiting for the Sandman to make a visit.
    I am SO glad I took the Sleep Pledge, thank you FBG’s !

  6. Joy says:

    Well…definitely some wins and some losses this week. A couple of nights I didn’t get home until 9pm due to evening classes, so I gobbled down dinner and went straight upstairs to get ready for bed. So I still made it to bed at a decent time. And then I did so-so the next night, and totally backslid the last couple of nights. It’s freakin’ hard, but I’m going to keep trying…

  7. Jean says:

    Sticking to the ritual has been great for my sleep, but difficult at times. Like when I’d get home late from work it was sometimes hard to wind down. The tea and bath definitely help with that, but I’d say keeping electronics off 30 min. before bed helped the most. I think the best part about the evening ritual for me is that it forces me to have everything in order for the next day, and my mornings aren’t so hectic. Great challenge and I hope to keep it going!!

  8. Ericka H. says:

    I’ve been really good at sticking to my ritual. My doggie sure appreciates the puppy massage every night before she falls asleep too! I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the fact that I’ve actually been waking up before my alarm clock goes off! I’ve even left my cell phone in the other room since starting the challenge as well, no more looking a Facebook or something in the middle of the night. I would say that having extra cuddle time with my hubby has been my favorite part, usually we both are too busy doing other things, head to bed at different times, etc, so it has been nice.

  9. Suzanne says:

    So far so good! I can tell a big difference in how much faster I fall asleep not having electronics around while I’m winding down. I literally laughed out loud about the snoring because my husband’s snoring has been TERRIBLE since I started the Tempur-Pedic Sleep Pledge Challenge. Last night I did such a good job relaxing with my dog before bedtime that he refused to get out of our bed. Two of us and a huge lab makes our bed small fast. My biggest struggle with this challenge has been thinking of something I need to check online or someone I forgot to text back but I’m getting better! Luckily I work from home so sticking to my routine and getting at least 8 hours of sleep is much easier now than it would have been when I worked an 8-5 job. High five for sleeping better!!!

  10. Annie says:

    Everybodyyyy (yeah)
    Rest your bodyyy (yeah)…

    My not-so-sexy, fairly cheesy bedtime ritual has actually worked out great for me so far. I love my cozy sleep duds and have found it much easier to fall asleep without the interference of electronic devices (well…apart from my CD player at low volume). It’s also amazing just how much of a difference it makes setting (and sticking to) a definite time for going to bed and waking up. As for my husband — I don’t know how much he’s loving my hole-ridden t-shirt, but I’m preeetty sure he’s secretly starting to enjoy the old-school boy band songs at bedtime.

  11. Leslie C. says:

    I have continued to follow my usual schedule (the self-“choreographed” ballet workout, the reading and a prayer that I win this “piece of heaven on earth” Tempur-Pedic mattress. I vowed to keep things of my current “sleep thing” (a.k.a bed), but I have to admit that I slipped up yesterday and left a pile of clothes there. I’m still in training!:)

  12. Martine says:

    I haven’t yet conquered the no tv before bed time thing, because it had become so ingrained in my pre-bed ritual, but I’m working on it!

  13. Erin says:

    It’s going great! I have been able to fall asleep more quickly and feel much more rested in the morning. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Alexis says:

    I can’t believe what a difference my bedtime ritual has made. I’m still working on getting up at the same time every morning, but enjoying some peaceful time outside (before the weather outside forces me in) really clears my mind and connect with the most important person in my life: ME! If I don’t take care of me, who else is going to? It’s the most important thing this challenge (and our had been a challenge getting out of bed!) Had taught me

  15. Dita Rae says:

    So far so good. Taking the pledge is making a difference.

  16. Andrea says:

    The pledge has been pretty good. Except for one spectacular deviation when family drama kept me up ’till 2AM one night, I’ve been faithful. One change I made to my routine was to browse through fun catalogs instead of reading a book. I realized that I now get my books on a color reading tablet that violates the “no electronic screens” one hour before bed rule. By the way – does anyone know if that includes the regular e-readers that are not back-lit and look like real paper? Anyway, I don’t get caught up in a story or interesting concept and it is easier to put it down when it’s time to turn out the lights. I also added one thing – I’ve set an alarm on my phone for an hour before bed each night as a reminder that it’s time to wind down. It’s amazing how time can get away from you and before you know it, it’s bedtime and you’re in the middle of a project! Praying that I win the bed so I can share the sleep wealth with my daughter 🙂

  17. Sheila says:

    Weeelllll not so great to be honest… it is past my bedtime as I write, but I did read for an hour.. We have had a family emergency that has all of our schedules out of whack, but we’ll deal better next week, when more is known and things settle a bit. I really really need that bed now!

  18. casey says:

    Challenge is going great! Even with a wedding coming up in the next week..I focus on the things that need done most first so when I go to bed I don’t sit and stew on them:) In instances where my fiance isn’t sleeping well I move to the couch so we BOTH get good sleep:) Sleep=most important health component!

  19. becky p says:

    My bedtime ritual is always the same…I read in bed prior to lights out. I find it relaxing and it allows me to decompress from a crazy day with a good novel and relaxation. The only interruption I usually get is the wet dog nose! I LOVE TO SLEEP!

  20. Kathy T says:

    Loving my bedtime ritual, sauna time, then Reiki…

    How easy we forget what a good night’s sleep is like, when we get out of a healthy routine of good sleep-prep habits.

  21. Jillian says:

    So, I LOVE this challenge but I have had to tweak my routine a little. I have been wanting to create a night routine for myself for a few months now but in all honesty have been just too lazy to do so. 🙂 This challenge has been an opportunity for me to figure out my own ritual. I really wanted to put the kiddo down to bed and then sprint around the house making everything “sane” again. Didn’t work out so hot. I found that I couldn’t limit the time I spent making my living space zen-like. I would get wrapped up in a project and not realize how late it was getting. So, I have now enlisted my toddler to help me put the house back together before we put him down to sleep. This has been awesome! He has proven to be a huge help and I am able to release any thoughts of the house from my mind and sleep better.

    My routine now consists of stretching or doing a little yoga, dimming all the lights in the house, enjoying my mug of tea, reading a chapter or two of a fabulous book and then tucking myself into bed. I have found that I sleep so much better going to bed at a decent hour and being “unplugged” before bed. I am totally rocking this routine and will continue to enjoy it long after this challenge ends.

  22. Meg W. says:

    Tonight is my first night with my new rituals – but I’m LOVING them already! So far, I’ve chatted with my fiancée, scanned the Humane Society’s website for my future dog (limiting my time to 15 minutes – which was harder than one might imagine!) sipped on my cucumber water and wiggled my tired muscles until I felt fully relaxed. Ready for the great 8 hours of sleep ahead!

  23. Nina says:

    My bedtime ritual has been going really well! The only deviation I’ve had is that I’ve been sick the past couple of days so I can’t seem to stay asleep for the entire night. I’ve definitely noticed that it’s much easier to fall asleep at an earlier time when I workout that day, and not too close to bedtime. I usually workout early in the morning so by the time I start my ritual, it’s hard for me to get through an entire chapter of a book because I’m so tired!