Have you ever noticed how easily your sleep can be disrupted? For me, I find it difficult to sleep if there’s no light at all, the temperature is off, I have socks on, there are noises, or if the room is messy. Okay, so I’m a little particular, and my bedroom setup doesn’t have to be yours! There are a few ways to optimize your bedroom to make it easier to sleep in, ensuring you get the right amount of sleep so you can lead a happy, healthy, comfortable life.
Sleeping in a hot bed might sound appealing on a cold winter night, but heat can actually negatively impact your slumber. Cooler temperatures are easier to sleep in—between 60 and 72 degrees is ideal. When it’s time for bed, the body’s temperature drops a little bit and keeps a lower temperature until it’s time to get up. Figure out what’s most comfortable for you and stick to it.
Put a stop to electronics use.
This means television, laptops, and especially your phone. Working or checking email in bed can contribute to stress and keep your mind active when it should be taking a rest. Try to cool it with the electronics about an hour before bedtime. Put your phone on silent. Do something quiet and relaxing for the hour before bed: read, paint your toenails (and let them dry!), or build a ship in a bottle.
Use fabrics you like.
For me, I love anything stuffed with feathers. I love that solid squishy feeling. Some fabrics, like cotton, wool, silk, bamboo, and linen can absorb more moisture than others. Choose the fabrics you’re comfiest in—you don’t need the world’s most expensive sheets to settle in.
Keep the clutter at bay.
I don’t sleep well if my bedroom—or my house—is messy. It’s too stressful, too distracting. So I always remember to keep things in their place as best I can. Keep office stuff in an actual office; keep food and kitchen stuff in the actual kitchen. Take the trash out regularly, and keep your floor nice and clear. This will make it easier for your mind to chill out and turn off.
There are other tips and tricks out there to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, but these are the ones that work for me. The truth is that you simply need to figure out your body’s rhythm and what makes you comfortable! What methods do you use? Tell us!