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Take the Tempur-Pedic and FBG Sleep Pledge and Win a Bed!

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You can win this, really (minus the actual furniture bed-frame part)!

The following is a post sponsored by Tempur-Pedic. For our sponsored post policy, click here.

Last week we gave you the rundown on the new TEMPUR-Contour Signature bed with the Advanced Ergo System that I’ve been luxuriously sleeping on, and today, well, you can win one for yourself! Woohoo! The wait is over!

For all of you dying to win a Tempur-Pedic bed (and, well, that should be all of you since they’re that awesome), here’s how the giveaway is going to work. First, you’ll commit to getting better sleep by taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG Sleep Pledge (more dets on that later). Second, you’ll create your own customized bedtime ritual and share it in the comments. Third, you’ll get to check back in next Friday on a new Tempur-Pedic post on the importance of sleep, to share how your ritual is going. From that check-in bedroom ritual post, FBG and Tempur-Pedic will select three to five readers with the most creative bedtime rituals who have checked in on how their sleep-time has been going. Once those finalists have been picked, readers will be notified via email and announced on the site. From there, we’ll do a fourth post where you’ll get to vote on your favorite bedtime ritual. Sounds fun, right? Right! So let’s get to the Tempur-Pedic and FBG Sleep Pledge first!

tempur-pedicStep One: Take the Tempur-Pedic and FBG Sleep Pledge

We’ll talk more more next week about the specifics on how awesome sleep is for your workouts and your overall health and wellness, but today we want to challenge you to get a better night’s rest. And we know you guys need it. According to the recent Tempur-Pedic sleep survey, nearly 50 percent of Americans are willing to go a month without Facebook, their iPhones or their iPads in order to get a good night’s sleep! So just how do you get a better night’s sleep? Well, you take the below plege!

I, ENTER NAME, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

See? Pretty painless! Sure, it’ll take some time and planning, but we promise that it’s worth it!

Step Two: Create Your Bedtime Ritual

Now for the fun and creative part—coming up with your bedtime ritual! Create your own process for getting ready for bed each night that will calm and soothe you. As is stated in the pledge, your ritual should last about 30 minutes and should help you to relax and get totally ready to snooze. Here are a few examples (feel free to use an inspiration for your ritual)!

  • Read a chapter of a cheesy romance novel while listening to soft-rock hits from the 80s.
  • Do a series of yoga poses with Enya playing.
  • Trade foot rubs with your partner (and if any funny business happens as a result, it’s an extra sleep bonus!)

Remember, the more creative and unique your ritual is, the better shot you have at becoming a Tempur-Pedic bed finalist, so get specific and create a bedtime ritual that is perfect for you.

Step Three: Leave a Comment, Yo!

Now just leave a comment below telling us that you’re taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge, and share what your bedtime sleep ritual is. Then, tune in next Friday to share how it’s going! Finalists will be announced Thursday, September 22, for voting, but you have to comment on this post and next week’s to be entered.

Ready…set…sleep well! —Jenn

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  1. Ugh…okay, I take the pledge, even if it means getting up at 7:00 am on the weekend (GROAN). My bedtime ritual involves turning off TV and computer (and iPhone), walking the dogs (short walk, just so they can do their business), brush teeth/wash face/remove contacts/put on PJs, and then blissful reading time in bed for 30-45 minutes before falling asleep.

  2. Robin says:

    I’m taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge!! My bedtime ritual is turning off the TV and spending a time talking to my daughters, saying prayers with them, getting ready for bed, then reading in bed for 30 minutes with my dog Scooter (he sleeps). Then Scooter goes to his kennel, and I’m off to la-la land!

  3. Janet says:

    Yes, I am definitely taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge, and my ritual has been and will continue to be to finishing my dinner by 8:00 p.m., take a warm epsom salt bubble bath, drink my chamomile tea and be in bed by 10:00. I’ve already removed my TV and computer from my bedroom and I light my lavender candle for 10 minutes to infuse the scent. I wake up around sun rise (6:30) feeling well rested and ready for the day!!!

  4. Ivori says:

    I, Ivori Murray, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!
    My bedtime sleep ritual is walking for 30 minutes with the family, reading a chapter from a book to my son, turning out all the lights, brushing my teeth and then, talking to my boyfriend for an hour about my day !

  5. Muzzik says:

    I have taken the pledge and believe in the value of quality sleep. It is the restorative time your body and mind requires. My rituals are practical and easy. I let my dogs out for “last call” in the kennel run. I thoroughly cleanse my face and apply my night time anti-aging products, brush my teeth and my hair. (but not with the same brush! ;0). After the dogs come in and their door is closed, I turn off lights and climb into bed. I spend time deep breathing and use relaxation techniques that work for me. After 20-30 minutes, I am ready to doze off for 8 full hours of restful sleep;unless one of the dogs decides to awake at 6:30 a.m. They also need their 8 hours to recharge!

  6. Joy says:

    Sleeping in is one of my favorite things, but hot summer days and marathon training have forced me to start getting up way earlier than I’d like, even on weekends. Still, I could do better. So I’ll take the sleep pledge! I definitely need more than I’ve been getting.

    My normal ritual includes a cup of hot tea (something caffeine-free, of course) while I’m watching tv, and doing my Plank A Day if I haven’t already (maybe throw in some downward dog). And then I’ll get my glass of water and drag myself up the stairs to get ready for bed; wash face, brush teeth, etc. Lay out running clothes if an early morning run is planned. Turn on some new age-y relaxing music. If I can still keep my eyes open, I’ll do some “guilty pleasure” reading, which might be 5 minutes or an hour – and hope DH comes to bed before I fall asleep so he doesn’t wake me up. Then (hopefully) sleep soundly until the dreaded alarm wakes me up!

  7. I’m taking the tempurpedic and FBG challenge! I will brush teeth, climb in bed with a glass of water and a book, and read for about 30 mins or until I’m sleepy!

  8. Ericka H. says:

    Count me in on the Tempur-Pedic/FBG challenge. My night time ritual is to take a shower and complete my beauty routine, pick out my clothes for the next day. Then I lay on the floor and give my old dog a doggie massage and play with my puppy for a while. I then climb in bed, about 8:30 or so for some serious cuddle/tv watching time with my hubby. Right before I fall asleep (about 10ish) I tell my 3 dogs night-night, kick them off the bed and kiss my hubby (although he is usually already asleep!)

  9. Jillian says:

    I, Jillian W., vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    This sounds like such a great challenge. I’m in! I pledge to begin my own bedtime ritual after making sure my child is all snuggled up and in la-la land for the night. My ritual will involve a 20-30 minute mad dash around the house picking up any clutter or mess so that I will not think about it in the middle of the night. This shall be followed by dimming the lights and enjoying a cup of hot decaf tea with a side of me-time in the shape of a book until I have finished said tea. Then I pledge to brush my lil teethers and head off to bed!

  10. Kimberly says:

    I’m in! I took the pledge and have a copy right here in my home office to remind me. As I have gotten, uhm…older…sleep isn’t just a luxury; it is more important than ever.
    When I was younger, I could easily blow off a bedtime ritual; I didn’t value that time. Now, I find that is an excellent way to decompress, unwind and ease myself to a wonderful state of sleep.
    My ritual starts with once I get into bed, my cat, who is a total love-lush, jumps up and spends quality time with me. She loves to be nuzzled and petted, purring the entire time. Once she has had enough, she leaves to go get a bedtime snack. That’s when I take out my Kindle and read. Whether it’s a story or light non-fiction, I’ll spend about 15 to 20 minutes leisurely reading. That will wind me down to turn off the lights and fall asleep. My cat gets back up on the bed to sleep with me, but I don’t even notice.

  11. Addy says:

    I am taking the challenge. My ritual will consist of moisturizing my situation and reading. I will not allow any toddlers in my bed and hope that it doesn’t give cause for meltdown as I drift off into lala land 🙂

  12. Jessie says:

    I’m taking the pledge! I shut off my computer, turn off my phone, and read for at least a 1/2 hour before bed. If I’m not in the mood to read, I’ll just sit and relax. If I can, I take a warm bubble bath (especially nice in the winter).

  13. Caitlin S says:

    I too am taking the pledge! Changing from my summer school routine back to my (last semester of) college routine has dragged me down like crazy! I only have class Tues/Thurs and they dont start untill 11, so I have been sleeping in. M/W/F I am up by 7 to get to my nannying job. I NEED TO BE BACK ON A SCHEDULE! My health is absolutely suffering because of my crazy sleep patterns. I can tell my hypothyroid has also become affected because I am more tired than ever. Good Nights Sleep HERE I COME! As for my ritual, I will remove makeup, contacts, all that fun stuff, take the puppies out, meditate & finally say five positive things about the day before falling into a (hopefully) deep sleep.

  14. Fitchick4life says:

    I take the Tempur-Pedic Challange! As part of my new night time retuals I will (as always!) kiss my kiddo’s good night before heading off to bed followed by washing my face, night cream, brush my teeth, jump into bed with my hubbie, give him a good night kiss, add a little lotion to my tired running feet, read 30 min THEN lights out! Dream time about my super cool new mattress we so need! Night-Night! Sleep tight! Zzzzzzzz………..

  15. Andrea says:

    I am taking this pledge, mostly because I am pretty much a sleep crusader. I work on a college campus and you would not BELIEVE the sleep problems these “kids” have!! I find myself educating about sleep, badgering, bribing and cajoling about sleep hygiene constantly and for the converts who’ve listened, it has made all the difference.

    Here’s my bedtime routine:
    Warm shower, use lamp instead of overhead light, instrumental music, cup of sleepytime tea and a good book. I’m pretty good about a schedule, but I’ve been slacking on the routine.

    Not all that creative I guess, but here’s my twist: my daughter has a chronic illness that would be so helped by good sleep but she is just a hot mess when it comes to sleep hygiene! I’m hoping to win this bed for her as an incentive to do better. The ergo system would be a total boon since with her Cystic Fibrosis – she coughs a lot and a raised torso helps alleviate that.

    Here goes!

  16. cindy says:

    I take the pledge. My bedtime ritual is to do restorative yoga 2 hours before bed so I am fully relaxed and in a calm state of mind. My workout takes an hour with meditation. Then I step out of my clothes, taking the time to pamper myself with dry skin brushing. After completing this, I fill the tub with warm water while adding a mix of dead sea salt, Epson salts, baking soda, and lavender essential oils. The fragrance fills the air as I soak away. Often I light candles while I read a good book. After toweling off, I wrap up in a pink satin robe on the way to bed. ZZZZZZ.

  17. michele p says:

    I take the Tempur-Pedic and FBG Pledge! My bedtime ritual is:
    1. Drink Herbal Tea
    2. Shower/Brush Teeth/Moisturize
    3. Take Child to Bathroom
    4. Exchange shoulder massages with my husband
    5. Possible “funny business” with husband
    6. Put on sleep mask
    7. Peace Out

  18. Amanda Reed says:

    I vow to take the Tempur-Pedic and FBG Sleep Pledge! Every night, I, Amanda, vow to turn off electronic devices by 8pm, allow me time (hot bath with scented candles lit around the tub), get ready for bed, listen to love songs, dance with my husband (we usually do this every night), pray, and lay my head down to sleep. 🙂

  19. Erin says:

    I am taking the pledge! My bedtime ritual is to take a shower, do a few yoga stretches, read from my devotional book, and lay with my feet up the wall while listening to the Pandora Love Songs station!

  20. Dita Rae says:

    Ok, ok, I …. my name here …. swear to make sleep a priority and to drink some tea and read before bed.

  21. Karen says:

    I’m in for the pledge. My bedtime ritual is to relax/unwind by reading with my kids then reading myself. I will not allow my husband to bring the laptop to bed with all of its electromagneticism. Arising at 4 am makes getting plenty of sleep essential for me to carry on with my daily tasks. Oh and I will go to bed at 9 pm (that will be the tricky part).

  22. Carolyn Souther says:

    I take the pledge!!!! I really believe in getting a good nights sleep and many a time make my boyfriend go home because he snores and I don’t sleep well – so for the sake of my relationship – a tempur pedic mattress could save my relationship 🙂 I usually read for about 1/2 an hour before bed – no tv in my bedroom either, so I think I have a pretty good ritual for getting a good nights sleep.

  23. Michelle says:

    I am taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge. My bedtime ritual is to read something inspiring, such as Max Strom’s “A Life Worth Breathing,” for 30 minutes prior to turning out the lights. I do this while propped up by pillows.

  24. Alexis says:

    I pledge to get a full eight hours of sleep every night. My bedtime ritual is to shower, brush teeth, get completely ready for bed, and then to sit on the porch and enjoy the nice weather and the sound of the crickets and frogs while I reflect on my day.

  25. Melissa says:

    I’m taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge!! I vow to go to bed WITHOUT my laptop or Ipad and catch the news in the morning instead of right before I go to bed. Instead, I will take a good book up to bed and read for that half hour when I used to watch the news or surf the internet. Time to start getting 7 hours of refreshing sleep!

  26. Regina says:

    I am taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge. My bedtime ritual is listening to mediatations on my Ipod visualizing my future goals and relaxing my body. I work out everyday, either running or strenght training or yoga. When I meditate, I can allow for full recovery of my body, mind and spirit. I do this with my legs propped in a hip opening stance resting on one pillow. I place an light blocking eye mask on, ignore my snoring dog and forget about the school lunches I need to pack and truly RELAX!!! I have a feeling that a brand new Tempur-Pedic bed would allow my to reach a new level of relazation.

  27. vicki says:

    I’m taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge. As a bedtime ritual, I will take the proper amount of time to brush & floss my teeth and wash & tone my face–no more hurrying through or skipping these steps. 15 min. I will do gentle stretches for my neck and feet to help un-do the kinks of the day. 10 min. I will jot down a few notes in my journal to record my thoughts and feelings for the day or set forth a plan or dream for the morrow in writing. 5 min.

  28. Heather says:

    I’d love to say I pledge to take candle-lit bubble baths and do hours of calming yoga while wearing silk pajamas, but honestly? I won’t.

    I take the pledge. I will do my best to go to bed early, lay out my running clothes, stretch, and read a good book in bed, with every intention to not hit the snooze button in the morning – and rise and shine with just enough energy to stumble my way to the coffee pot before going for my morning run.

  29. Molly says:

    I am taking the challenge so I can live a happy, healthy, rested life! The quality of life with good nutrition, exercise, and rest is superior to that without.

    I pledge to indulge in a chamomile and almond milk latte while I sit on my pillows for a moment of me time meditation before laying my head to rest. I pledge to leave the tv off once I am in bed and to leave my phone alone!!

  30. Nellie says:

    I love this! I’ve been trying to get back into my sleep routine ever since my family came to visit a month ago…

    I, Nellie, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    Some of the things I do every night: I power down all my electronics (but not before catching up on all the latest FBG posts) :), wash up, turn on my fan (even in the winter—I need my white noise!), drink some water, and send nice thoughts in my head to people I love or people who need it.

  31. Nellie says:

    Oh, and I also keep a pad and pen on my nightstand…sometimes my best ideas come to me right before I enter dreamland…

  32. Jean says:

    Oh how I need this challenge! (And the bed would be nice too…)

    I, Jean, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    So, for the routine I pledge to follow this week, I thought it’d be fun to use the words of the great Snoop Dogg 😉 (written in the present & past tenses for rhyming purposes)

    So listen close, to what I say
    Because this type of stuff happens every-day
    I start to wind down around 9 o’clock in the evenin’
    I give myself a stretch out, an evenin’ tea and
    Go to the bathroom to wash up
    I throw some soap on my face and put my hands up on a cup
    and say “Mirror, mirror, on, the wall
    Who is the Fittest Bottom of them all?”
    There was a rubble dubble, five minutes it lasted
    The mirror said, “You are, and you run the fastest”
    Well that’s true, now I got my daily affirmation
    So I slip off my dress and Victoria’s Secret creations
    I’m true to the style on my behalf
    I put some bubbles in the tub so I can take a bubble bath
    Use coconut oil, cuz my skin gets dry and pale
    And then I get the file, for my fingernails
    Clean, dry, is my body and hair
    I throw on my brand new pajama-wear
    Slip into bed with my husband and doggy
    Deep breathe and meditate so my mind’s not foggy

  33. RL Ryder says:

    I take the pledge! I need to pay attention to sleep habits, as I teach public high school and those hours (7:15 -2:15) are not good for anyone! My bedtime rituals are: teeth brush, face wash, take my vitamins (I separate them from my allergy meds, which don’t mix well with the vitamin c), and get into bed with a book and a dog at my feet. I think his snoring is my “white noise machine!”

  34. Meg says:

    I take the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge! My husband and I recently moved cross country for new jobs and a better quality of life. Sleeping better is a huge factor in better quality of life. We have taken the tv out of the bedroom and try to go to bed earlier to make sure we get enough sleep. A new tempur-pedic bed would help make sure the quality of our sleep increases too!

  35. casey says:

    I am taking the challenge of course! Honestly I think sleep is the most important component of all health..you usually find that out when you don’t get enough right? The thing that often helps me is to read a relaxing book before bed for at least 15 min (I have a drop dead time I MANDATE bedtime!) like right now I am reading (2nd time:) Eat Pray Love. If I am having troubles sleeping in bed (fiance being noisy:) then I go to the couch where I’ll sleep soundly!

  36. Cassie Rawson says:

    Okay…this is the push I needed. I will take the Tempur-Pedic and FBG sleep pledge! No more laying in bed and catching up on email late at night. Phone will be off, computer shut down, and I’ll make more time for my wine down time…I mean wind down. 🙂 I’ll hunker down just me and my kindle (no back light, it’s an electronic exception)at least 30 mintues before I need to be asleep. I know when I get enough sleep my whole day is better. I’m rested when I wake up and am ready to start my day off with a run and breakfast before work. I’m in!

  37. Suzanne says:

    I, Suzanne, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    My bedtime ritual starts with putting on my pj’s and brushing my teeth (at this point I’m likely to be distracted by the mess sweet husband has made on the bathroom counter so I clean for a little while). My lab Lucky stands waiting for me to finish so we can hop in the bed and snuggle for awhile. Then I take Lucky and Sasha (our lab/border collie mix) outside one last time. They are tucked into their nite nite room AKA laundry room and I turn on their pink nightlight. Finally time to kiss Punkin (my husband-he’s going to kill me for putting that on here!) goodnight and I’m off to bed with or without him if he’s still working. I’ve tried the bath, music, candles, etc. but snuggling with Lucky is the best way to relax and wind down!

  38. Adeline says:

    I pledge to remove electronic devices from my bedroom and do yoga poses and moisturize before bed… every night.

  39. Leslie says:

    I Leslie, being of sound mind and aching body, hereby pledge to do whatever it takes to get a new bed, leaving my lumpy, bumpy, mangled ancient piece of junk off at “The Graveyard for Dead Beds.”

    I will carry this myself if I have to, thus eliminating the need for my nightly ballet workout routine that day. I will most likely be exhausted (if I need to transport this bed) and will still gleefully set up and make my new bed with the intent to crash and not awaken for several hours.

    In appreciation for my new treasure, I vow to never place anything on this bed i.e. dirty clothes, clean clothes, books or pocketbooks and to treat it with the ultimate care. As for my bedtime routine, that schedule will not be available until I catch up with the sleep I’ve missed out on for years.

    My tentative plan will include my nightly workout, my evening reading, my attempt to keep my skin youthful and a prayer each and every night, thanking God for my new bed.

  40. Sheila says:

    I take the pledge! I recently was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, surprised the doctors, too! SO Sleep really is very important to more than just how you feel. The consequences of too little sleep can be far reaching and quite devastating.
    My new bedtime ritual is… to leave my husband in the living room with the tv while I get into my jammies and do all that basic stuff we women tend to do, and then get into bed and read for the 30 minutes or so that it takes my hubby to come in… I would really like him to read out loud to me for 15 minutes but he has yet to comply or do I mean agree? -)I am picking up a new reading lamp for the bedroom today.

  41. Katy says:

    I, Katelynn Ellen Marques, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

  42. Nina says:

    I, Nina, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    My ritual involves washing my face, brushing my teeth and reading a few chapters of a book or doing a mindless word game on my kindle to relax me before I fall asleep.

  43. Annie says:

    The pledge: I, Annie, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    To create my bedtime ritual, I’ve decided to take a somewhat unconventional approach. You know how a lot people like to wind down by lighting candles, putting on a little smooth jazz and maybe (if you’re partnered up) breaking out the massage oils? Yeah, well, for me…not so much. I’d be more inclined to worry about fire hazards and sticky bedsheets than actually relaxing.

    Thus,my bedtime ritual is going to be awesome, soothing, and totally unsexy.

    First, I’m going to put on my rattiest, most comfortable cotton t-shirt and shorts — and maybe even some big furry socks.

    Second, I’m going to put on my favorite soothing sounds: old CDs of 1990s boys bands. That’s right – boy bands, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Quite frankly, there is nothing more calming than listening to the dulcet tones of a good Backstreet Boys ballad.

    Third, I’m going to engage in some visualization techniques. For instance, I might visualize someone sweetly serenading me to sleep. Maybe even a group of people – maybe even all singing in harmony. Maybe singing sweet love songs, just for me. Maybe helping my mind drift back to a time long ago, when I was just a teenage girl with braces and bad hair, singing along to “I Want It That Way” and dreaming about fresh-faced young men…

    Aww yeah. I think I’m on my way to some good sleep and even better dreams.

    Let’s just hope my husband won’t mind.

  44. Nina says:

    I, Nina, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    My bedtime ritual: I wash my face and brush my teeth and then I read a few chapters of a book or play a word game on my kindle until I’m ready to cuddle up with my husband for at least 8 hours of uninterupted sleep!

  45. Melissa says:

    I, Melissa, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    My bed time ritual? Whats more relaxing than a hot bath followed by some amazing sex? Pretty much NOTHING! 🙂

  46. Tatiana Marshall says:

    I, Tatiana, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep per night, schedule permitting. I happen to be one of the many people that work the graveyard shift. That being said, I will attempt to get seven to nine hours of sleep, yoyo style. This pledge has been in the works for some time now. Sleep has long been a priority for me and I probably have tried every trick in the book to get that quality sleep.
    My present and projected rituals consist of the following (thanks gals for the great ideas):

    As a chronic back pain sufferer, I got on the Tempurpedic bandwagon years ago. That would consist of a Tempurpedic body pillow and one of those cool ergonomically shaped pillows that offers great support for my neck. This has been a win win since buying these pillows. Unfortunately, my stretched budget never allowed me to invest in the gran-daddy of NASA’s awesome creation: the life size sponge that gives you the drooling before falling asleep effect.
    Yoyo sleepers have their own set of necessities. A cool, dark environment is paramount for day sleepers. Room darkening shades and optimal room temps help achieve this effect. Whoever said that only men have their caves. My girls refer to my end of the house as mom’s cave.
    Wish I could add cuddle time with a male species to my list, but that lives on the other side of the country attached to a bottle. I’ll just stick to my warrior kitty, Isla, to lay post at the foot of my bed. Who needs convenience love when unconditional watches over you while you sleep.
    A light dinner at 8 AM with a daily dose of Ambien are equally as important as the cool, dark environment. Even though I’ve worked nights for many years, my body still tries to be awake during the day hours. Turning off the phones and locking the bedroom door to fend off insensitive teenagers are also a requirement. Nothing is more irritating than answering the door to find a sweet and cute girl scout ringing the doorbell multiple times to sell the cookies. This is where the Ambien steps in and allows the brain to censor those type of distractions. A word of caution with sleep aids: Go straight to bed after 15 minutes, especially after deliriously driving home from work to avoid the “I didn’t order this on the Internet” or better yet, “when did I sign up for e-harmony” effect.
    Past rituals that did not stick included the fufu eye masks or empty noise CDs.
    The ultimate ritual would have to be the prize of this giveaway. A relaxing hot shower and plunging into sleep heaven in mom’s cave would be priceless!

  47. kelsey says:

    i;m doing the pledge!!! i always read a chapter or three before bed, to get me drowsy :]

  48. becky p says:

    I am sooooo taking the FBG/Tempur-Pedic pledge! I always read before bed, no tv, no distractions, well maybe a puppy kiss here and there! I have been dreaming of purchasing a Tempur-Pedic for ages and caved a bought a pillow which I love but wish I could sink my entire body into it! Oh please please please pick me! Thanks Jenn and FBG’s!!! Love you girls!

  49. I am taking the pledge… Doing my best! My bedtime ritual, after I brush my teeth and wash my face/shower, is usually climbing into bed and catching up on some internet work. I try put it away and just snuggle with my husband for a bit before falling asleep…

  50. Andrea Scott says:

    I soooo took the pledge! I am super excitd about this because I need ideas and all the help I can get to fall asleep with my fibromyalgia and the stresses of going back to school! So here is my plan,

    1. I will have my lunch packed and my bag packed and ready to go the night before.

    2. I will drink a nice hot rooibus or honeybush type of tea about an hour before bed.

    3. I will take a bath be it 15 min or an hour just to unwind.

    4. I will read a bit of guilty pleasures

    5. before I turn out the lights I will take some nice deep calming breaths

    6. I will keep a notebook by my side in case I can’t turn off my brain and jot down those ideas or problems

    7. I will turn off the lights at 10 pm sharp

    Thanks so much for doing this! It is a great opportunity!

  51. Kathy T says:

    I take the pledge! My ritual begins with using my far-infared sauna for 30-minutes each night enjoying a good book while I’m in there, when I’m done a shower to help cool down, brush my teeth & wash my face. Then it’s a Reiki self-treatment & lights out. I can’t think of a better way to end my day so that I’m fresh & ready to go first thing in the morning back in a healthy routine of exercise classes again at 5:30am. Oh how I have missed them so!

  52. Lori says:

    I, Lori F., vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed (umm, I promise to try…). I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!

    Haha, early to bed means 4am rise time for me to make it to Bootcamp! Without my 7-9hrs sleep I end up crashing at the end of the week. I will also add NO CAFFEINE OR SUGAR to my nightly routine. I have a hard enough time getting to sleep on my hand-me-down mattress without the added heart pounding effect from caffeine and sugar.

  53. Martine says:

    I take the tempurpedic and FBG pledge!!! Now that I’m switching between working days and nights every week or so, having good sleep hygeine is critical for making sure that I get enough sleep!

    -I pledge to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night (or day, as the case may be!)
    -To streamline my mornings, I will pack my lunch and set out my clothes before going to bed.
    -Not watching TV for an hour before bed will be a challenge for me, so I will try to substitute teh TV for reading some books for pleasure, which is something I have not done in awhile. I’m also someone who needs a lot of “me time” and this fits the bill!
    -I have been stretching every night, and pledge to continue this, and even perhaps increase it on days where I don’t get a workout (and therefore post-workout stretch) in, because I know it makes me feel so much better after a long day of being on my feet and running around!
    -I also pledge to be “present” with my husband when I am home, especially before bed. With how crazy my schedule has been lately, I want to make sure that I’m still getting good quality time in with him whenever I can!

  54. I just saw this and I’m a little late but………..
    I, Julia, vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health.
    As of today I will:
    – schedule eight hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual.
    – rise & shine at the same time every morning in order to create a schedule for myself and
    – avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. (This will be tough but it’s important!)
    Additionally I will try a few de-stressing activities 30 min before bedtime such as:
    -enjoying a cup of tea (decaf!)
    -catching up on the many novels I haven’t been reading
    -writing in a journal
    -doing some sort of beauty treat such as a mask, a manicure or foot massage to relax and primp myself

    I’m looking forward to creating this ritual to help ease stress from my schedule and to help balance my life

  55. 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.

  56. Muzzik says:

    Here I am a week into the pledge. I’m sleeping better already, and so are my dogs! 😉 Being committed to a routine is helping the quality of my sleep. My mind and body know what to expect each evening. We are creatures of habit,after all! So are my dogs;) Sensing a theme here: When mama’s happy, we’re all happy. Good quality sleep helps the body and mind rejuvenate. We all can use that. I’m glad I’m doing this………and I hope to win a new bed.

  57. Muzzik says:

    Oops, almost forgot the rest of the post’s requirements……must’ve been asleep at the keyboard! But NEVER at the wheel. Sleepy drivers are dangerous and they cause many accidents. Bad people;bad. Sit. Stay. Sleep. I’ve dozed off during lectures in college;sometimes it was a night class or the subject/presentation was not engaging enough. Those days are done. I’ve never fallen asleep anywhere weird;just the recliner at home while vegging in front of tv. I can’t imagine someone falling asleep in the cemetery,but, then again, people are strange. I’m happy this is making people more careful of their sleep.

  58. Katrina says:

    I’ll disconnect myself from the computer at least an hour before bed, and spend that time stretching, meditating, and cuddling with my dog before hitting the hay.

  59. Leslie C. says:

    Sigh… Here I am. It’s after 1:00 AM and I can’t sleep to save my life! Now this isn’t supposed to happen to a regimented, goal-seeking woman like myself. Is it? Unfortunately, it does.. It happens to all of us.

    Today is actually my birthday. Now I’m not going to write some corny line like, “Oh if I only had a luxurious, “Tempur-Pedic” as my birthday present! I’m sure I’d be having sweet dreams of a quiet date with Brad Pitt by now.”…

    …Not!

    All of us have busy schedules and would love to make bedtime important and luxurious. Sometimes though, life has the unexpected marathon of thoughts going through our head. That’s why they invented, “Sominex” and the term, “midnight snack.” Resorting to those two methods can leave you either running to the all-night drugstore, getting “fluffy around the gut” or tempting your co-workers to slap a “wide load” sign on your butt.

    So what to do when you can’t adhere to “the routine?” All we can do is the best we can. By all means, try to be on schedule most of the time. But when life throws you a curve, know that if you win this bed, when you get there you’ll the most anticipated moment of the day!;)

  60. Meg W. says:

    I’m taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG pledge! My bedtime sleep ritual will involve limiting my time scanning the Humane Society’s website to 15 minutes (this is a SERIOUS cutback, people!), finishing a large glass of cucumber water and wiggling every inch of my body – from my nose to my toes – to relax my muscles before hitting the hay. Sounds heavenly to me!

  61. Leslie C. says:

    I, Leslie am back to comment on my progress in taking the Tempur-Pedic and FBG challenge. I have made some new and simple changes that I’ve added to my routine.

    I now do my nightly exercises from 6-7:30 PM. It’s remarkable the difference in how I feel when it’s actually time to lie down and go to bed. I’m feeling much more “ready for sleep”, rather than feeling like I’m ready to take a dance class.
    I spend my last few hours before bed, writing and winding down now too. So far, this seems to get me more relaxed for bed.

    I also have started reading pages of a book I once read and enjoyed. I believe it’s giving me a positive attitude and a better night’s rest. The mind-body connection is amazing. I’ve become much more mindful of my behavior thanks to the Tempur-Pedic/ FBG Challenge. Now, just think of how much more perfect my sleep would be if I had a decent bed to sleep on… That would be a dream come true!

    Ah, nonetheless, I’ve learned some great techniques to improve my sleep and had a lot of fun on this blog. Thanks!

  62. Christina Wyrick says:

    I welcome the Tempur-Pedic and FBG challenge! I’ve been a pharmaceutical representative for sleep medication and can attest to the power of good sleep hygiene. I’m living proof that a good night’s rest (on a wonderful mattress, of course) and simple rules will allow you to have the best day possible without feeling sleep deprived.

    RULES TO LIVE BY FOR GETTING ALL 5 STAGES OF SLEEP:

    -No TV’s, computers, eating etc. in the bedroom. Your bedroom is for intimacy and sleeping only.

    -Turn out ALL lights (including night light). Our natural sleep cycle releases melatonin in the absense of light.

    -Keep the room cooler and absent of noise.

    -Do not eat or drink caffeine prior to going to bed. A nice relaxing bath or massage helps us prepare for quite time.

    I have to admit that I can’t sleep without a little light. (I’ve never enjoyed a room pitch black!). Following these rules have allowed me to enjoy a full nights rest (7-9 hours). If I do have trouble falling asleep, I read for a while until I feel myself dozing.

    I’ve heard some crazy stories that physicians have told me through the years while patients are on scheduled sleep medication. Many folks could eliminate the need if they truly followed good sleep hygiene.

    It’s great to be able to share my “bedtime” stories with you!

  63. Gina Brooks says:

    I Gina Brooks vow to put sleep as a top priority in my life for my health. I will schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night, giving myself roughly 30 minutes of chill time to de-stress and relax before bed with my bedtime ritual. I will do my darndest to rise and shine at the same times each day (yes, even on weekends), and I will avoid electronic devices and TV an hour before bed. I understand that making time for sleep helps me to be better at all facets of my life and—most importantly—it allows me to feel grrreat!