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Ways You Can Get a Safer Night’s Sleep

Safe Sleep

There’s a lot of information available about safe sleep for babies which is so important, but what about safe sleep for the rest of us?

When you’re asleep, it’s a potentially vulnerable time.  But it turns out there are concrete steps we can take to sleep more safely —and that can help us sleep more soundly.

For example, did you know?

1)     Today, because of open floor plans and other factors that make residential fires burn faster, you have 3 minutes or less to escape, according to extensive testing.  But, there’s an easy, FREE way to buy yourself and your family extra time to get out safely.

2)     If your mattress is more than 10-years-old, it may contain things you would rather not sleep on if you care about indoor air quality. Instead, you can choose a mattress made with foam certified by a non-profit group that puts mattress foams through independent tests and surprise spot checks to make sure it’s made without chemicals of concern.

These are just two of the five ‘safer sleep’ tips 13-time Emmy winner and 25-year consumer advocate Elisabeth Leamy has shared with us.

“Keeping your bedroom door closed allows you more time to escape in case of a fire.  So many homes are an open-concept, which allows fire to spread quickly.  Having your bedroom door closed will allow a few additional minutes to escape,” said Leamy. “In the case of sleep apnea, it’s important to get the one you loved tested if you are hearing them gasping for air in the middle of the night if they are snoring.  It’s a simple test either at home or a lab for one night and it can save your loved ones life.”

In addition to those great tips, Leamy also recommended a portable carbon monoxide detector to take with you while you travel.