Getting enough sleep is a cornerstone of good health. But hitting the sack isn’t the end all or be all of sleeping—as with most things in life, it’s not about how many times you fall asleep, especially if you don’t feel rested upon waking up. After all, shallow sleep does little to recharge your body after a long day.
Getting a good night’s sleep has many great health benefits, including boosting your immune system, preventing heart disease, and improving your memory. It follows, then, that your sleep should be as restful as possible to get the most out of it.
But how does one achieve a great sleep? A lot of times, it’s all about making sure that you have a good sleeping environment. Check out these helpful tips to make your bedroom as restful as possible.
The lighting in your bedroom is one of the most critical elements of a good sleep atmosphere. If the lighting is too harsh, for example, you may have difficulty falling to sleep.
In general, people prefer to sleep in total darkness, as this closely mimic the body’s circadian rhythm, which follows the natural dark-light cycle of the day. But if you prefer sleeping with the nightlights on, make sure that they are properly dimmed. Likewise, turn off all your gadgets as artificial screen light can actually keep you awake and even cause insomnia.
Likewise, the right temperature can also make for the right sleeping atmosphere. Others prefer being swaddled in blankets, while others simply prefer their normal room temperature. Whatever your preference may be, try to recreate it every night for consistently comfortable sleep.
You may also set your AC on a timer in a way that it’s cooler at night when you’re trying to fall asleep, then warmer in the morning right before you wake up.
Most people prefer lying flat on their bed, though some people prefer sleeping at a slightly elevated position. Keeping the torso elevated can help alleviate issues such as sleep apnea or heartburn, while keeping the lower extremities at a slight incline can help people recovering from an injury. If you fit these descriptions, then perhaps you should get an adjustable base bed to better suit your sleeping needs.
Luckily, there are now base beds that allow you to control all these elements. With these beds, you can easily dim the lights, increase airflow to your mattress, and adjust mattress elevation. By getting such a bed frame, you can create the perfect sleeping atmosphere in an instant.
The Importance of Your Sleep Environment, VeryWell.comThe Importance of Your Sleeping Environment, BetterSleep.com