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I Can’t Sleep. Should I Stay in Bed or Get Up?



Everyone has the occasional bout of insomnia, but when you're tossing and turning at 3am, knowing that "everyone goes through this" is small comfort. What you need to know is what to do. Should you get up, or stay in bed? Here are some tips to help you decide what do when you can't sleep.

When Should You Just Stay in Bed?

If you've woken up in the middle of the night, it's often a good idea to stay in bed, at least for a while. Waking up in the wee hours of the morning is quite common, and often all you need to get back to dreamland is to just lie there quietly. If you choose to do this, it helps to think about something pleasant, like a favorite memory or a place you find relaxing, like a mountain meadow or peaceful beach.

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When to Make Yourself Get Up

If you've been struggling to nod off for more than half an hour, it's often best to get up. That doesn't mean, however, that you've given up for the night. Getting up can actually help you get back to sleep. By getting up and moving around, you can stretch your muscles to relieve tension and get your mind off your worries. Then, once you feel sleepy again, you can go back to bed.

How to Stay Up

What you do once you've decided to get up is crucial to helping yourself begin to feel tired. Don't turn on any bright lights or use a computer or a cell phone. The white light emitted by electronic devices mimics that of a daytime sky, telling your body it's time to be awake when it isn't.

Instead, turn on a dim reading lamp. Avoid any activities that might be upsetting, like scary movies. Instead, do something that will hold your attention without being over-stimulating, like reading a well-known book, doing a crossword puzzle, listening to soft, soothing music, or doing some gentle stretches.


Everyone knows a great mattress leads to better nights of sleep, but little know that it also makes getting up that much easier. Wake up rested, healthy, and ready for the day; get your brand new mattress and sleep on it tonight. Visit one of our stores today to find your next mattress or contact us with any questions you may have.

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