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Sleep Awareness Week 2022 — how to sleep better than ever

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Sleep Awareness Week 2022 runs from Sunday 13 March to Saturday 19 March, tying in with the start of Daylight Saving Time. This week-long celebration of slumber was launched by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in 1998, and has gone on to play a vital role in highlighting the importance of quality sleep for every person. 

The theme for this year’s National Sleep Awareness Week campaign is your Best Slept Self, with the NSF shining a light on how we can help ourselves to sleep better, and how that in turn leads to an improved sense of wellbeing. 

During this year’s Sleep Week, the foundation will also be sharing the results of its Sleep in America 2022 poll, the findings of which give us a glimpse into how people have been sleeping this past year.

How we're celebrating World Sleep Day 2022

We write extensively about sleep health on Tom’s Guide and fully recognize how important it is to get those valuable hours shut-eye each night, so we’re fully committed to celebrating sleep health on World Sleep Day, which lands on the last Friday of Sleep Awareness Week 2022, a week-long celebration of sleep launched by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in 1998.

We’ll be bringing you plenty of tried-and-tested sleep tips and techniques to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer, as well as expert advice from renowned sleep experts qualified to talk about how to sleep better, and what to do if you’re struggling to sleep and dealing with the effects of sleep deprivation and insomnia.

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We’ll be updating this page regularly with all of the articles we’ll be publishing during Sleep Awareness Week 2022 and on World Sleep Day itself, including our expert-led guides to the best sleep products to help you enjoy sleeping once again. From the best mattresses and the biggest mattress sales, to this year’s top-rated sleep apps and weighted blankets for calmer sleep, we’ll have everything you need to turn your bedroom into an oasis of relaxation.

Sleep Awareness Week: Advice and tips

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7 surprising benefits of sleep for your health, mood and relationships (opens in new tab)
Looking for a reason to prioritize your sleep a bit more? We have seven right here, and some of them may surprise you. Sleep has big positives for your physical and mental wellness, and it can also help you feel more sociable – here we run you just why that is.

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What is a pillow protector — and are they worth it? (opens in new tab)
Unsure whether yo buying a pillow protector or if they're simply a waste of money? Here we run you through all the reasons why they can actually save you money in the long-term by protecting your pillow from dirt, stains and bacteria right now.

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How to sleep for longer at night, according to an insomnia expert (opens in new tab)
Are you waking up frequently during the night? It's pretty frustrating and it has happened to us too, but there are ways to reduce the wake-ups and learn how to sleep for longer. Here neuroscientist and sleep problems expert Dr Lindsay Browning shares her pro advice on the subject.

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These 5 cleaning tips will help you sleep better at night (opens in new tab)
Any sleep expert will tell you that a messy bedroom is more likely to disturb your sleep as you'll be too focused on the clutter and not relaxed for sleep. So, to help you snooze better, here are five key cleaning tips to try this weekend.

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I tried this bedtime yoga routine with 14 million views — here’s what happened (opens in new tab)
If you're feeling too stressed and wired to fall asleep, bedtime yoga could be your ticket to dreamland. Tom's Guide Fitness Editor Jane McGuire decided to test out one of the most popular bedtime yoga routines on YouTube to see if it can help you relax and sleep.

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Expert reveals the best sleep positions for snoring (opens in new tab)
Snoring affects roughly 90 million Americans and is one of the biggest disruptors of sleep for couples who share a bed. To help you reduce your snoring, we spoke to sleep medicine specialist Dr. Katherine Green for her insight into the best sleep positions for snoring, plus 5 anti-snoring tips.

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Expert shares 7 symptoms of sleep deprivation (opens in new tab)
Wondering whether you are experiencing sleep deprivation? We asked global sleep expert Dr Sophie Bostock to talk us through the most common symptoms, how they might make you feel, and what to do about them.

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I tried one of YouTube’s best deep sleep meditations — here’s what happened (opens in new tab)
There are hundreds of guided sleep meditations on YouTube, so how do you know which ones are worth your time? We tried one of the most popular to see if really does help you fall asleep fast. 

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Is this cheap insomnia gadget the key to falling asleep faster? (opens in new tab)
If you're struggling to fall asleep and often find that you're waking up throughout the night, the tiny, bedside-dwelling Dodow insomnia sleep device could be your ticket to better sleep. Here's why... 

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Do anti-snore pillows work and should you buy one? (opens in new tab)
If snoring is keeping you awake at night, you might benefit from a dedicated anti-snore pillow. These support your head and neck and work to position you so that you either reduce or stop snoring. Here's what you need to know...

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How to nap and still sleep well at night (opens in new tab): a doctor advises
Sleep Doctor Jessica Cho MD has shared her expert advice on TikTok to help you learn how to take an afternoon nap without interfering with your sleep later that night. It's all about when you nap and for how long. 

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The best time to exercise for sleep (opens in new tab), according to science
Wondering whether exercising in the morning or evening boost your chances of sleeping well at night? We looked into the research to bring you answers, so you know exactly when to lace up those sneakers.

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How to wake up early and not feel tired (opens in new tab): proven tips
Waking up early in the morning isn’t easy for everyone, but it’s a lot more achievable when you know all the little tips and tricks to help you rise and shine and not feel tired. Water plays a big role (drinking it and showering in cold water), as well as natural daylight.

Sleep Awareness Week: Boost your sleep comfort

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Best mattress (opens in new tab): your ticket to better sleep
Our expert guide has all the information you need to find the right mattress for you, with a wide range of options for all budgets and sleep styles. So whether you’re after a memory foam mattress (opens in new tab), a high-tech hybrid or an affordable mattress in a box (opens in new tab), we have you covered.

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What mattresses do hotels use (opens in new tab): From Hilton to Premier Inn
Hotel mattresses can be seriously comfy, but it isn't always easy to find out who makes them and how you can buy them to sleep on at home. We've done all the research for you here and have tracked down all the mattresses and bedding used by a range of popular hotels.

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One of our favorite mattresses is up to $750 off in this Sleep Week sale (opens in new tab)
If you're looking to upgrade to a new hybrid mattress and enjoy higher levels of pressure relief, back support and all-over comfort, the Nolah Sleep sale has what you need with up to $750 off the Evolution 15. In our Nolah Evolution 15 mattress review (opens in new tab) we praised its pressure relief in particular, and how it comes in three different firmness levels.

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Sleep Awareness Week deals (opens in new tab): all the best discounts
Looking to save money on a new bed or bedding this Sleep Week? We have rounded-up the latest and biggest discounts on a range of products from leading sleep specialists including Nectar, Saatva and Helix. You’ll find deals on all bedding, making now a good time to invest in your sleep health for less.

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One of our favorite foam mattress toppers is 25% off for Sleep Awareness Week (opens in new tab)
Does your bed need a big boost of softness, firmness or cooling, yet you don't have a lot of budget to spend? This week Viscosoft, one of America's best mattress topper brands, is offering 25% off all bed toppers. This is the ideal way to get the sleep comfort you're missing, for less.

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How to fix a saggy mattress for more comfortable sleep (opens in new tab)
While you can't exactly fix a saggy mattress (the only way to truly fix it is to send it back to the manufacturer for repairs if the bed is still under warranty), there are steps you can take to improve this situation. Here we walk you through how to do just that - pillows at the ready!

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Sleep Week deal takes $280 off our favorite hotel mattress (opens in new tab)
We've teamed up with Saatva to bring you an exclusive saving for Sleep Awareness Week 2022 - save $280 on any Saatva mattress when you spend at least $1,000. As for us, we'd use it on the Saatva Classic Mattress, one of the top-rated luxury hybrids in America.

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How to fix a squeaky bed (opens in new tab): step by step
There's nothing more annoying than a bed that squeaks every time you move, so we decided to put together this simple guide to help put an end to that annoying sound once and for all. It's pretty simple to fix, and the benefits to your sleep could be huge.

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Nolah’s best natural mattress for healthy sleep is now up to $650 off (opens in new tab)
Looking for one of the best organic mattresses (opens in new tab) for non-toxic sleep – and with a hefty discount too? The Nolah Natural 11 is a good choice thanks to its use of natural Talalay latex, organic cotton and GOTS organic wool. That, and how it's now up to $650 off with our exclusive discount.

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Save $300 on the Serta Arctic mattress for hot sleepers (opens in new tab)
If you overheat during sleep, this one is for you. The Serta Artic is designed to regulate temperature and keep you much cooler compared to sleeping on a standard mattress. As a dedicated cooling mattress (opens in new tab) for hot sleepers, it comes with quite the price tag, but during Sleep Awareness Week you save save $300 on the Artic in every size.

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Best sleep apps (opens in new tab): tap your way to better sleep
A good sleep app is laden with relaxing sleep sounds, meditations and body scan exercises, all designed to relax you so that you fall asleep easier. We’ve rounded-up this year’s best offerings, such as Calm, home to celebrity-read Bedtime Stories, and the Headspace mindfulness app.

What is Sleep Awareness Week 2022?

This week-long celebration of slumber was launched by the National Sleep Foundation (opens in new tab) (NSF) in 1998, and has gone on to play a vital role in highlighting the importance of quality sleep for every person. 

The theme for this year’s National Sleep Awareness Week campaign is your Best Slept Self, with the NSF shining a light on how we can help ourselves to sleep better, and how that in turn leads to an improved sense of wellbeing. 

During this year’s Sleep Week, the foundation will also be sharing the results of its Sleep in America 2022 poll, the findings of which give us a glimpse into how people have been sleeping this past year.

Key findings from this year's Sleep in America poll:

  • Nearly 1/2 of Americans say they aren't exposed to bright light in the morning or afternoon - light exposure is important to regulating sleep cycles
  • More than 1/3 of Americans don't get enough moderate to vigorous activity and spend much of their time sitting down, which impacts on sleep at night
  • Over 1/2 of Americans look at screens within an hour before bedtime, or in bed directly before sleep - blue light pollution and stimulation can impact sleep

How Sleep Awareness Week 2022 helps you sleep better

Struggling to sleep at night isn’t fun, and spending night after sleepless night staring at the ceiling instead of enjoying replenishing sleep really takes its toll on mental and physical wellness. So if you find yourself in the camp (and many of us have been there too), then Sleep Week is the perfect time for you to press the reset button. It’s also ideal for those who are sleeping well-ish anyway, but want to sleep even better.

There will be lots of great sleep tips and expert advice shared this week, with plenty of techniques to test out. For example, did you know that simple breathing techniques can help you relax and fall asleep faster? If you haven’t tried any yet, we highly recommend the Military Sleep Method, as well as the 4 7 8 sleep method

We’ll also be looking at how specific cleaning methods can help you sleep better at night (yes, really), and using science to pinpoint the best times to exercise for sleep. We’ve also teamed up with America’s most prestigious sleep doctor to answer that question most of us ask at one time or another: how much sleep do I need? 

So stay tuned for all our Sleep Week content, and get ready to supercharge your slumber from tonight on. Here are a few articles to get you started… 

Claire Davies
Sleep Editor, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Claire Davies is a qualified journalist, Sleep Editor and Certified Sleep Science Coach who writes about all things related to sleep, from mattress reviews to the latest sleep techniques and research. Claire has interviewed a wealth of experts, from mattress designers and innovators to neuroscientists and doctors of sleep medicine. Before taking on the role of Sleep Editor, Claire worked as Health & Wellness Editor at Top Ten Reviews, and before that was a Senior Content Editor at T3. Claire is super-passionate about how consistent, good quality sleep can boost our physical and mental wellbeing, and would love to hear from PRs and brands regarding sleep products, services and research that can help our readers sleep better than ever.