There are times when a good night’s sleep is all one can really ask for. But as most of us know, getting proper rest can be really tough, which can really mess with a person, especially after a long day.
If you’re one of the many people in the world tossing and turning every night trying to get quality sleep and waking up every morning unrested, then it might be time to look for a couple of solutions. A lot of times, the actual set up of the bedroom can be a major reason why you aren’t getting all the sleep you need. Luckily, there are simple and easy adjustments you can make to your bedroom a better environment for sleeping. We take a look at a couple of these adjustments below, so read on to find out more:
. Check Your Mattress
Having a quality mattress that your body and mind feel comfortable in is the key to getting the best sleep possible. So before anything else, it’s important for you to make sure that your mattress is treating you right. If your mattress isn’t making you feel comfortable, then you’ll spend hours on end just trying to find the right position to sleep in, and if that’s the case it might be time for you to get a new one.
Before you do though, make sure to do extensive research on the mattress you plan on getting, and if you can find a store that allows you to test a mattress before buying it, go to the store and look for a mattress to try out. Testing the mattress out before buying it is incredibly important since new mattresses don’t come cheap, so you’ll be making an investment that’ll last you for years to come.
2. Take Note Of The Temperature
Sometimes, the reason people can’t seem to get proper sleep in their own bedroom is because of the temperature. Having a room that’s too warm or too cold for you can really affect the quality of your sleep. If you’re having a hard time sleeping, try to take note of how you feel while laying on your bed at night. If you feel like it’s too warm, consider getting a fan or lowering the temperature on the AC, and if you feel it’s too cold, simply do the opposite and raise the temperature or if you can, try to get a heater.
You can also control the temperature better by getting heavy blinds, which will keep the outside weather from affecting the air temperature in your room too much. This will also help keep your room dark, which leads us to our next point.
3. Make Sure You Sleep In A Dark Environment
Our bodies have a natural circadian rhythm. This is basically the 24-hour cycle we physiologically go through every day, and part of this cycle is sleep. Humans are conditioned to go to sleep at night, which means darkness plays a major factor in when we go to sleep and the quality of our sleep. With all the technology we are used to today, it can get pretty difficult to get complete darkness in the bedroom. However, if you really are having a hard time sleeping there are adjustments you can make to your room to make sure you sleep in darkness.
For starters, you can replace the digital clocks you might have in the room with vintage clocks with analog faces. This is will already eliminate a lot of light in the room. One can also remove any TV’s, laptops, or computers from their room (or make sure to just keep them off at night) to ensure complete darkness. Lastly, one of the main reasons complete darkness is hard to come by these days is the fact that we always have our phones with us. If you really need to have your phone in your room while you’re asleep, consider putting it in a drawer next to your bed while you sleep to avoid any unexpected and unneeded bright lights.
As weird as it may sound, the clutter in your room might be causing you to lose sleep. Having a lot of clutter in your room is a huge no-no in Feng Shui, and even if you don’t believe in the philosophy, it’s still great advice to follow. Clutter, especially when there’s a lot of it in the bedroom can cause a feeling of anxiety and uneasiness before you sleep, and this may be something people aren’t conscious of, but it may be the reason they aren’t sleeping right. To avoid this, all you really need to do is de-clutter.
If there really is a lot of clutter in your room, a good tip is to set aside either a whole morning or afternoon all for tidying up. This will give a very clean room that you just have to maintain. Another good habit to adopt is to do a little bit of decluttering every night before you sleep so the environment is around you is really conducive for sleeping. You can also take it a step further by spraying some quality air fresheners as a fresh scent will also help you get a better night’s sleep.
5. Consider Using A Weighted Blanket
The key to getting good sleep at the end of the day is comfort. You need to feel comfortable on your bed and in your room to get the best sleep possible, and one of the newest ways people are getting cozy in the bed is by using a weighted blanket. For those who don’t know, a weighted blanket is simply a blanket with weights evenly distributed inside it. Usually, plastic poly pellets are used to give the blanket weight, but there are also other organic materials used by some such as beans and rice.
These blankets are known to relax those who use it and users have reported that a weighted blanket makes them feel like they’re being hugged. That being said, weighted blankets are more expensive than regular blankets, but they are a worthwhile investment, especially if it helps you get better sleep. Luckily, you don’t have to go out and buy a weighted blanket to feel the benefits, as you can make it yourself. It’s much easier than you think to make a weighted blanket at home, so if you’re interested you can check out this DIY weighted blanket tutorial, and with a bit of time and effort, you’ll have your very own weighted blanket to help you through the night.
Sleep is an integral part of a person’s routine. It sets you up for the next day, and it could be the difference-maker when it comes to starting your mornings right. So if you’re having a tough time getting quality sleep, consider using these tips to optimize your room for sleep and next thing you know, you’ll be getting the quality sleep hours that you deserve!