It’s easy to overlook something as seemingly mundane as your sleeping environment. You already have the newest mattress, the Egyptian cotton sheets, and your Sleepnet mask; what else could you possibly need? Whether you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, it’s safe to say that your sleeping environment can be improved. Here are 5 quick and easy ways to turn your bedroom into the place of (for) your dreams.
- Keep your bedroom cool
It is very difficult to sleep when you’re in a hot room. Your body temperature naturally lowers as you begin to relax before sleep, making you extra sensitive to any excess heat – 65-70 degrees is ideal.
- Wear Comfortable Sleeping Clothes
Wearing comfortable sleeping clothes goes hand-in-hand with keeping your bedroom cool. Your clothes should be non-restricting, light, and breathable so as to not present any discomfort throughout the night.
- Make sure your clock is out of view
We’ve all heard the phrase “a watched pot never boils.” “Clock-watching” while you’re trying to fall asleep has an effect of a similar nature. Each time you look at the clock to see how much time has passed since your last glance, you begin to get feelings of anxiety about how tired you’re going to be the next day. Eliminate this mind-game by placing your clock out of view.
- Eliminate “white noise” while you fall asleep
Some people prefer to have background noise while they fall asleep. While it may be relaxing, it also increases the frequency you wake up during the night, as well as affects your ability to achieve REM sleep – the period in your sleep cycle where you achieve the most rest. Do your best to break this habit; you’ll be happy you did.
- Remove bright electronics
Yes, that means TVs. While you may find it relaxing to watch TV before bed, having it in your bedroom can affect the quality of your sleep. The blue light frequency can trick your body into thinking that it’s actually daytime, throwing off your circadian rhythm, making it difficult for your body to rest.
Trying one or more of these quick fixes just may have a profound impact on the quality of your sleep. Give them a try tonight!