If your sleep environment is busy, noisy, bright, messy – it may not be very conducive to a good night’s sleep. And after a long day at work, in traffic, on the train, with the kids – it’s important to create a space where you can relax and fall asleep easily and comfortably to reenergize for the next day.
Look around your room and take a moment to see if it’s a place you find restful. A place where you feel quiet and relaxed. The key to creating a sleep friendly environment is by identifying the things that are most soothing to you. Here are a few ideas to create your own perfect space for sleep:
Create a relaxing atmosphere
Perhaps you enjoy the smell of essential oils, a light breeze or even the sound of the rain. Now find a way to incorporate these into your own sleep space.
Practice simple relaxation techniques
Keep your bedroom dark at night. The amount of light around you is one of the clues your body clock uses to determine when to wake up and when it’s time to sleep.
If you’re sensitive to noise, make sure your sleeping area is quiet. On the other hand, some people find the sound of rain or nature, or even a little light music helps them relax.
Not too hot, not too cold. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room (65°F or 18°C) with some ventilation.
Keep your sleeping area free of clutter, which can be distracting and disrupt your sleep.
Mattress and pillows
Perhaps the two most important elements for a relaxing and restful sleep! If your mattress is uncomfortable, lumpy, sagging or the wrong size, and making it difficult for you to sleep through the night, replacing it is undoubtedly the first step toward a good night’s sleep.