The Most Ideal Sleep Environment That You Can Implement Right In Your Home!
Dr. Craig Hudson, MD | June 29, 2017
Are you practicing good sleep hygiene? It is not just about when you sleep.
Where you sleep and the attributes of your sleep environment have a big impact on your quality of sleep. This is something to be particularly mindful of if you struggle with insomnia.
When simply keeping your bedroom quiet isn’t enough, turn your attention to improving the other parts of your sleep environment.
Here are a few tips for building your perfect sleep oasis.
1. Declutter and Get Organized
Your bedroom is not a junk room, an office space, or an extra storage area. It should be reserved for sleep and romance—that’s it. Clear out any electronics or clutter. Your bedroom should feel open and spacious, not restrictive and overwhelming. Decluttering can reduce the stress you feel in that space and help your brain build a strong connection to the idea of sleep being a bedroom activity.
2. Dark and Cool is Best
The medical community agrees that cool and dark environments are the most ideal for restful sleep. The changes can be simple like installing heavy shades on your windows to block out the light, and setting the room temperature between
3. Invest in a Comfortable Bed
Perhaps the most important part of your sleep environment is your bed. Invest in a mattress that is comfortable and supportive. Do the same for your pillows and bedding. You spend 8 hours each night cradled by these items. Don’t punish your body by skimping on quality. Shop around and test out a few options before making your pick.
4. Painting Your Way to Better Sleep
A UK study conducted by Travelodge found nights spent in rooms with certain wall colors left participants feeling refreshed and well-rested. Blue, yellow and green are deemed to be the most sleep friendly colors. Blue in particular is said to have a calming and soothing effect that helps prevent nightmares. On the other hand, purple, grey and brown are less favorable for sleep.
It might not seem like much on paper, but humans are fickle creatures. Even something as simple as the wrong wall color can hinder our sleep. Try out these tips, and let us know if they help you achieve the perfect slumber!