When it comes to sleep, you might not immediately think your surroundings are very important, but the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that people get better sleep when their bedrooms are clean and comfortable.
Here are some ways to improve your sleep:
- Wash or buy new sheets. Having fresh, clean sheets will make you more comfortable when going to bed and you will find yourself sleeping longer hours at night.
- Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep. Try to eliminate watching TV or paying bills in bed because they just create more opportunities for your mind to be active.
- Avoid fluffed pillows and scented sheets. They can aggravate the senses and result in poor sleep. You want to make your room as neutral as possible.
- Consider buying a new mattress. Your old mattress could be what’s keeping you up at night.
- Re-invent your room. Try decorating your room with new items (but avoid clutter). Painting your room a fresh color can re-new a sense of relaxation.
- Your stomach could be the culprit. Eat meals three hours before sleep and avoid liquids right before bedtime. A light snack that includes protein and carbohydrates can benefit sleep.
- Cool down your mind and body before sleep. An hour before you plan to sleep try turning down your lights and avoid stimulation like the computer or TV. Studies have shown that the blue light that reflects off electronic devices can trick the body into thinking its daytime.
- Relax the body by taking a nice warm bath an hour before bed.
If your sleeping problem persists, you might want to talk to your physician. He or she might refer you to the FMH Sleep Disorder Center for a diagnostic study to determine what’s behind your trouble sleeping.
Want to see how your bedroom habits stack up against other Americans’? Check out the National Sleep Foundation’s Bedroom Poll.