With as few as one in five Americans having less than six hours of sleep a night, how can we find ways to achieve a good night’s rest? Whether you have the odd night of restless sleep or regularly experience sleep deprivation, finding solutions to this problem is often as difficult as the problem itself. The effects of too little sleep can lead to a host of health issues and make us feel irritable with our daily lives. While there are sleeping positions to help us stay healthy and improve our sleeping patterns, we can also change our nighttime environment by implementing some simple changes to our bedrooms.
Get bed basics right
Choosing the perfect mattress and bed are the key elements in getting a good night’s sleep, and as we spend at least a third of our lives in bed, we should care about the quality of the bed and mattress we choose. Sleeping in the wrong bed or on an uncomfortable mattress can lead to bad backs, sore bodies and a lack of sleep, so choose the right combination according to your personal needs. It’s a good idea to explore a range of mattress reviews in order to see what other shoppers have to say and what you can afford. Use this as a starting point to help you make an informed decision, and narrow down your choices.
Change your sleep environment
In our modern lives, a bedroom often becomes a multi-purpose room where we eat, work and watch TV, as well as sleep. However, it’s important that a bedroom functions as your inner sanctuary for somewhere to relax and wind down, so start by designating it a place for sleep, and declutter the room to make it a serene environment to sleep in. Also think about installing dim, warm lighting in the bedroom in order to introduce a more peaceful atmosphere into the space, and turn your bedroom into a 5-star hotel room.
Make small changes
While you might not be able to change everything overnight, consider decorating your room with soothing colors, such as pastels or natural tones. Similarly, choose artwork, bedding and furniture that aids relaxation rather than stimulates you before bedtime. Adding nature into a room by placing plants around to purify the air can all add up to a better night’s rest through their effectiveness at removing harmful chemicals.
Rest is something we all need after a hard day’s work or family time, so take a look at your bedroom and see how many changes you can incorporate in order to welcome better sleep into your nighttime routine.