Your bedroom environment has a huge impact on your sleep. Today’s post in my series on sleep shows you how you can make your bedroom a sleep haven that helps you fall asleep and sleep better.
Here are five ways to make your bedroom a sleep haven.
1. Make your bedroom dark when it’s time to sleep
Our sleep patterns are regulated by light and darkness. Therefore making your bedroom dark when it’s time to sleep will help you fall asleep and sleep better.
To make your bedroom dark use heavy curtains or blackout blinds (shades) to block out light from windows or cover your eyes with an eye mask.
2. Keep your bedroom slightly cool
If your bedroom is too cold or too hot it can keep you awake. Most of us sleep best in a slightly cool bedroom, around 65ºF (18ºC), with enough ventilation.
Try different temperatures to find the temperature which you find most conducive to sleep.
3. Keep your bedroom quiet
We differ in our sensitivity to noise but in general you will fall asleep and sleep better when your bedroom is quiet. Even if you have learned to sleep through certain noises, such as traffic noise or the roar of a plane, research shows that these noises still disrupt your sleep.
If you can’t avoid or eliminate noise from traffic, loud neighbours, others in your household or other sources, block it out using earplugs, recordings of relaxing sounds or white noise.
White noise can be very effective in blocking out other sounds and helping you sleep. To create white noise you can use a fan, a white noise machine or generate your own by setting your radio between stations.
White noise machines allow you to choose from various sounds, for example rain, a babbling stream or the wheels of a train on a track. You can also get free white noise online.
4. Ensure your bed is comfortable
Give yourself enough sleeping space. You should have enough space to stretch and turn comfortably. If you share a bed, make sure it is large enough to give both of you room to move around.
Make sure that your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. If your mattress is more than 10 years old it may not give you the support you need and you should also change your pillows regularly.
Use comfortable and attractive bedding materials that invite you to sleep.
If you have allergies or asthma, buy hypo-allergenic covers for your mattress, pillows and bedding that are designed to protect you from possible allergic triggers such as dust mites.
5. Limit your bedroom activities
If space in your home permits, limit your bedroom activities to sleep and sex only. Keeping TVs, computers and work and school materials out of your bedroom will strengthen your mental association between your bedroom and sleep.
If you can’t keep TVs and computers out of your bedroom, turn them off at night.
Today’s takeaway health tip
So today’s takeaway health tip is make your bedroom into a sleep haven to help you fall asleep and sleep better, by following the five ways detailed above.
Let me know how you get on making your bedroom into a sleep haven by posting a comment below.
You can find out more about how to fall asleep and sleep better in the other posts in my series on sleep.