You're Gonna Need a Good Alarm Clock

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I haven't been sleeping well lately, probably because of I've been feeling a little stressed out. It's ironic, considering that sleep can be as important as diet and exercise in keeping our bodies healthy and reducing stress, according to the recently-released results of the 2007 National Wellness Survey, conducted by Tempur-Pedic. This new survey found that three out of four Americans say that sleep does more to refresh their bodies and minds than either exercise or eating right, while 44% of the 1,500 people polled say that sleep is an effective stress-reducer.

While I’m not sure that sleeping better will replace my spin classes, I do know how refreshed I feel after a good night’s sleep. And considering that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, it's important to make those hours count with a bedroom design that works. If your bedroom is a little too stimulating, it might be time to give it a sleep makeover. Once you've created a calming sanctuary, find the perfect mattress and luxuriously soft sheets to crawl into each night.

Your beautiful new bedroom will be best appreciated with your eyes closed.

Rachel

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