Researchers from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Maryland, USA have developed a technique which has shown to significantly improve sleep quality and reduce stress levels before bedtime. They’ve called this system the Tension Tamer and the aim of their heart health study was to see how certain stress reduction techniques affected sleep parameters in 334 participants. The technique was really brief. So brief in fact, that it only took 10 minutes each time. Each patient was encouraged to think of some relaxing imagery of their preference and partner this with deep breathing. After working closely with a stress management specialist, 65% of patients had improved their perceived stress levels by 6.6 points. These participants also said they were now getting better sleep as a result of the Tension Tamer, as well as experiencing less fatigue. The findings will be presented at CHEST 2012, which is an event by the American College of Chest Physicians in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s worth visiting their website because you never know – you just might discover more useful sleep improvement tips. We think sleeping on one of our luxury upholstered beds would further improve your sleep by a few extra points, don’t you think?