It’s not always easy to fall asleep. A busy mind from a busy day and worry about what’s to come can keep you awake for hours. You might have aches and pains, or simply feel unwell at the moment. Every little thing can stop you from sleeping or wake you up in the middle of the night.
As sleep is so important to good physical and mental health, it’s a good idea to do all you can to reduce any disruption to your slumber. There are plenty of approaches you might look into like dietary changes or relaxation methods at bedtime. But there is still one part of every sleep routine that we all have in common. Where you sleep could be keeping you awake at night.
Creating an ideal environment that promotes restful sleep is possible, no matter where you live. Try some of these ideas for the perfect bedroom that you’ll love falling asleep in:
Perhaps the most important element of sleep is the bed you lie on. There are so many different types and styles of bed, that it can be confusing and difficult to pick the right one. The Choose Mattress website might give you a few pointers of which direction to take here. It all depends on what is keeping you awake! If you have back pain, it is a good idea to address this with medical and physiotherapy help. Then choose the right mattress to help you get comfortable and stay comfortable all night.
Some mattresses are designed for heavier people. Not all beds were built for all people! It’s important to get the right bed for your frame and preferred sleeping position. It’s definitely worth spending a few extra dollars for a really good night of sleep. There are plenty of other things that can disturb your sleep. Being uncomfortable should not be one of them!
Many studies into sleep recommend complete darkness when you’re in bed. This is rarely practical, but you can get it as dark as possible by using blackout blinds and drapes. These dramatically reduce the light in the room. However, if you struggle to wake in the morning, these may be a bad idea. Your light cues from the rising sun won’t be there. Most of us need that natural light to help us ease back into wakefulness.
Fresh air is essential for quality sleep. If you don’t like the idea of sleeping with a window open, then make sure you open it in the morning for half an hour or so to get rid of the stale air. Air conditioning can bring in cooler air, but the humidity of that air might be quite different. We should all make use of cooler air temperatures while we’re asleep though. A degree or two below normal room temperature is ideal.
Noise from upstairs, downstairs, or next door can be difficult to filter out. Some people leave a TV on all night just to drown out all the noise! If you can sleep in silence, you’re more likely to achieve a restful sleep. Unfortunately, real life rarely permits it. Instead of adding more noise to the bedroom, try some earplugs, or slide the covers up over your ear.
When you’re trying to wind down after a hectic day, it’s worth considering the colors of the room you’re resting in. Pastels are always best because they are thought to be calming. They’re often lighter too and can help improve your mind. It might be tempting to have a feature wall with bold colors and patterns in your bedroom. After all, they look really good! Try to use that decor behind the bed. You won’t see while you’re reading in bed or sleeping.
When you’re relaxing in bed, you want as little stimulation or distraction as possible. Read a book with few illustrations. Make sure you choose stories that aren’t too dramatic! Think about your bed covers. Bold colors look amazing when you’re styling your bedroom. But at bedtime, something a little gentler might be best. You can always turn the cover over.
Sleeping is so essential, but so few of us get enough of it. Even if you can sleep for eight hours, that doesn’t mean the sleep was good quality sleep. Spend some time and a little money making sure that the room you sleep in is up for the job. Sleep well.
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