I'm Only (Not) Sleeping: Optimizing Your Bedroom For A Good Night

by - April 04, 2018

Is getting to sleep a common problem in your home ? If it's not just you, but it's everyone in your house, you need to consider a few things. Firstly, your individual lifestyles, but secondly, is your bedroom in an optimal condition for good quality sleep? If it's not, then it's time to address this issue. A few basic changes could turn your bedroom from a room you merely use between the hours of 10pm and 7am, to a place that is an official relaxation station. So, here are a few ways…

Keep It Dark
If there is too much light in your room, this is going to make you wake as soon as the sun rises. Consider investing in blackout blinds. Make sure they are good quality ones, and that they are so effective, that you can't even see your hand in front of your face. Artificial light impacts our ability to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone. Our bodies prefer to have the bedroom as dark as humanly possible.

Cloud Number 9
Is your bed comfy? If it's not, then you can say goodbye to a good night’s sleep. Consider purchasing a new bed or investing in new bedding. Suppliers like Montgomery's provide various beds in different sizes, and you can stop in today to look at the options available to you, as this can be the one thing stopping you having a good night's sleep.

Play It Cool
If your bedroom is too hot, you aren't going to slip into slumber that easily. The optimum temperature is between 60 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. To prepare your body for sleep, you could have a cool shower a couple of hours before bedtime, and leave your windows open, especially if you live in a hot climate.

Sound And Vision
Are there many distractions in your bedroom? You know the drill, Netflix, your phone, music, the list goes on... If you've got electronics in abundance in your room, switch them all off, and put them out of sight. Not only will these electronics disrupt your sleep because they are distracting but they will impact your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) as well as your melatonin.

I'm A Mess
Is there a lot of clutter in your room? If you have a cluttered room, you've got a cluttered mind. Try to put everything into some discernible order. And if you use your bedroom for every single purpose, including working, eating, and socializing, make the bedroom purely for sleep and relaxation purposes. By decluttering your room, this is going to have a positive impact on your mind. Because we can go to sleep with a lot of things weighing heavy on our heads, this will prove to be another distraction that inhabits our sleep.

In making sure your bedroom is ready for sleep, there are so many other things to consider, but these are the main culprits so many of us are guilty of. Especially now, when we can't sleep at 3 in the morning, we pick up the phone, and before we know it, we've been on social media for a couple of hours, and we wake up feeling very tired indeed. So, it's time to make some positive changes, starting with the bedroom.

R.C. Willey

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