How to Create a Restful Environment for Good Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can be a bummer. Is your bedroom adequate to receive a good night’s rest? Here are a few tips on how to create a restful environment that will have you snoozing in no time.

Difficulties in falling asleep and staying asleep are extremely common. There can be any number of factors at work, such as anxiety, stress, or jet lag. Yet relief could be as simple as optimizing your sleep environment. Here a few essentials towards a restful environment.

Darken Your Room

A dark environment helps signal your body that it is time to rest. Even small amounts of light can trigger your body to wake up! When it is time to sleep, keep light sources to a minimum.

Make Sure Your Room is Quiet

Like ambient light, ambient noise can also disrupt your sleep. If you go to bed earlier than other members of your household, try requesting a “quiet hour” where noise is kept to a minimum. Alternately, you can also use earplugs to quiet the noise.

Find Your Temperature

Like Goldilocks, you can’t have a restful environment if your bedroom is too hot or too cold. It has to be just right.

The Sleep Foundation recommends that the best temperature is between 60 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. So, experiment in that range to see what works best for you.

Comfortable Mattress

Let’s admit: Maybe the problem isn’t your room, but your lumpy or sagging old mattress. If your mattress is over 10 years old, you’re probably due for a new one. Here’s a link to a few tips before you buy a new mattress.

Hide the Clock

Turn that clock away! When trying to break a cycle of sleeplessness, it is important not to focus on time.

Seeing how early it is or how little time has passed can only increase your anxiety and frustration, which in turn makes it harder to get back to sleep.

Finally…

Did these sleep tips help you create a restful environment at home? Is there a tip that works for you that helps you sleep? I’d love to hear your thoughts at hello@heartandsoulblog.com. For more suggestions, check out 10 Tips to Sleep Better at Night.


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