5 Ways to Optimize Your Sleeping Environment

5 Ways to Optimize Your Sleeping Environment

Nov 17, 2021, 12:19:17 PM Life and Styles

Although it may appear to be a minor detail, the quality of your sleeping environment should not be overlooked. It could be the thing that quickly lulls you to sleep or it could be the thing that keeps you up all night. In this article, you’ll find five methods to help you make your bedroom more sleep-friendly. Read on to find out more.

1. Find peace and quiet

To get a good night’s sleep, it’s very important to have a quiet sleeping environment. Due to the many perils of a caveman’s life, we’ve evolved to be alert even in our sleep. This was very helpful when the loud noise meant imminent danger but, nowadays, it’s more likely that your sleep will be disrupted by your neighbor’s lawnmower. If abrupt noises tend to wake you up, invest in quality silicone earplugs. Another great idea is to have whale noises or other calming sounds on a low volume during the night to calm you down and induce beauty sleep.

2. Optimal temperature is key

The majority of individuals find a slightly cooler room temperature more optimal for a solid night of shut-eye. If your windows are closed during the day and your heater is turned to the max, it’s no wonder that Sandman is having some trouble finding you. Of course, being freezing cold is also not ideal and quick changes in temperature may also jolt you awake. Keeping your windows ajar and having a light blanket will make for the best sleeping environment. If you’re still having trouble sleeping, consider taking a cold shower before you retire for the night.

3. Keep it dark

The amount of light in your bedroom might influence the quality of your sleep. Generally, it's preferable to sleep in a dark environment. Tiny light sources, such as a nightlight, could be helpful in some cases, for example, if you get up to go to the toilet at night. It's also important to note that our sleep is regulated by our body’s circadian rhythm which mimics the day's dark-light cycle. As a result, even if you work the night shift, limit the amount of light entering the room if you sleep during the day. No matter how tired you are, sunrise might wake you up. Additionally, light coming from electronic devices tends to keep people awake and may even lead to insomnia-like symptoms. To help you fall asleep faster, make sure to turn off your electronics an hour or two before bedtime.

4. Invest in a quality mattress and bedding

Have you ever stayed up all night because you just can’t seem to find a comfortable position to fall asleep in? This may be the sign to go out and purchase a new mattress and bedding. If you can’t cozy up at night, there’s no way that you’ll be well-rested in the morning. Mattresses aren’t one-size-fits-all – some people may prefer a more firm mattress, whereas others favor softer ones. Try to figure out where your preferences lie (pun intended) and go mattress shopping. While you’re at it, it’s also key to have soft duvet covers and pillowcases. As your bed is a place where you spend a third of your day, quality bedding is one of the more important investments. Also, colorful patterns will be a great decoration to your bedroom and studies have shown that a well-thought-out interior promotes healthy sleep patterns.

5. Try to separate your sleeping environment

Many people don’t have the privilege to have their bedroom as a completely separate area reserved only for sleep. For example, college students and people living in very small studio apartments. However, if you have the opportunity to keep your bedroom a sacred place for relaxation and rest, there are no benefits in using it as a multipurpose room. If you work from home, try to find another area of your home which you’ll turn into your home office. To ensure you’ll wake up well-rested from your slumber, it’s also crucial to strip your bedroom off any electronic devices which may be messing with your sleep pattern. Your TV, gaming console, and stereo don’t have a place in your bedroom. Instead, try to pick some decor for your bedroom which will make it cozier and easily lull you to sleep.

Published by Marie Nieves

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