Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.
This month, we partnered with The Everygirl to bring the 30-day #GoodNights challenge to their readers. To help them get on their way to a better night’s sleep, we gave away some goodies including facial masks and in-room aromatherapy from our licensed product partner PureCare, as well as Marpac Dohm, a state of the art sound conditioner, and two pillows from MyPillow. For 30 days, the editors behind The Everygirl (and their readers!) lived by the National Sleep Foundation’s guidelines for #GoodNights, and here’s what they learned from the experience.
Describe your sleeping habits, both before and after taking the #GoodNights challenge. Would you say you are/were a “good sleeper”? Are you a better sleeper now?
I’ve actually always been a great sleeper… if anything I sleep too much. But I’ve usually been a night owl, staying up until midnight or 1am regularly, so getting on a more “normal” schedule of bed by 10:30 and up by 7 felt great!
Were you surprised to learn any of these facts about sleep health – for example, that exercising at night can keep you up later?
We’d actually already known about exercising at night–in our experience it definitely gives a jolt of energy and prevents falling asleep. But some of the other stats were remarkable–I cannot believe how many people don’t have shades on their bedroom windows. I’d be up with the birds every morning if all that light was constantly streaming in. And similarly, I’d never fall asleep from the street lights outside at night.
Did you have any problems with the challenge? For example, did you find it tough to avoid electronics before bed, or did you have trouble cutting out caffeine in the afternoons?
The toughest was definitely electronics before bed since I like watching TV late at night, and I almost always give my phone one last glance before turning off the lights… but it felt good to unplug!
What was the easiest part about the challenge for you?
The sleeping part. I saw from a lot of comments and feedback how many people struggle with sleeping in general–either falling asleep, staying asleep, etc. I’m so grateful I’ve rarely had to deal with that.
Did you feel that your sleep improved throughout the challenge? Did your partner’s sleep change, or that of your family?
My energy throughout the day improved–getting on a normal schedule and starting my days earlier felt great.
Did you notice any overall health changes, such as increased energy, better skin, or decreased cravings?
Definitely increased energy!
Do you use any products, such as sound conditioners, aromatherapy or special pillows, to help you sleep at night? If so, what are they and how do they help you? If not, why don’t you?
I use a sound machine some nights! It’s just an app I have on my phone that produces the sound of waves. It helps block out any city noise.
Do you think you will be able to maintain these sleep habits after the 30 day challenge? Why or why not?
I am definitely going to try! But I think going to bed at a certain time EVERY day isn’t realistic because of events that go late into the evening, work that comes up late, and other things that can affect your evening routine.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know, either about you, your publication, or the challenge?
Our readers definitely appreciated this challenge–clearly a great need for it! Thanks for being a part of it!