If you’re not sleeping well, the rest of your life suffers, too. There are few things better or more satisfying than a good night of rest. But sleeping soundly can be challenging. Life circumstances can disrupt sleep, and we can’t control everything going on in our lives.
How well do you sleep?
Are you making the most of your sleeping space?
It’s easy to think that any mattress in a room is enough to sleep well. And, that’s true for a few people. However, most of us would benefit from making a few changes to our bedroom.
But we can control our bedroom. Make the most of your sleeping environment and give yourself the best chance to sleep like a king or queen.
Set up your bedroom for rewarding sleep by following these must-dos
- Mattress. Finding the right mattress is a pivotal part of getting a good night of sleep. There are so many options that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If your bed isn’t comfortable, head out to the store and try out few mattresses. Avoid being stingy if at all possible. Think about how much time you spend sleeping and how long you’ll keep your mattress. Spend what it takes to be comfortable. A good mattress is one of the best investments you can make.
- Light. For most of us, the darker the better. Minimize the amount of light in your room. Controlling light is especially important if your schedule requires you to sleep during the day. Ensure that your bedside clock doesn’t put out too much light.
- Noise. As little noise as possible is the best option for most. However, some people prefer to fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean, rain, or white noise. Figure out what works for you. If you’re forced to sleep in a noisy area, ear plugs can help. A fan can also be useful to drown out unwanted noise.
- Keep a drink handy. If you frequently find yourself needing a drink in the middle of the night, keep one available so you don’t have to get out of bed and further disturb your sleep. You might also want to limit eating near your bedtime, as this is a common cause of thirst during the night.
- Psychological comfort. What do you need to feel comfortable? A locked door? Closed windows? A teddy bear? Create a bedroom situation that is most conducive to sleeping comfortably. Don’t be afraid to pull out your favorite blanket and a few stuffed animals if that’s what you need.
- Temperature. Each of us has a perfect sleeping temperature. Studies show that a cool room works best for the average person, but you might not be average. Experiment and discover what works the best for you. An extra blanket or a small adjustment to the thermostat might make a big difference.
- Electronics. Clocks, phones, tablets, and TVs can all contribute to a poor night of sleep. Keep the electronic devices to a minimum. Ideally, put away all the electronic devices for at least an hour before bedtime. You’ll find it easier to fall and stay asleep.
- Pets. Studies have shown that allowing pets in your bed is a serious obstacle to a good night of rest. However, women often report that sleeping with their husband is more disruptive than sleeping with a pet. Either way, think about how your pet affects your sleep.
Ensure that you’re creating the best sleeping environment you can. You’ll be glad you did.