It is the last thing we do before we close our eyes. At the end the day, we climb in our bed, we climb on top of our futon, or we lie on the couch and contemplate rest at the end of a long day of hard work. Many fall asleep without fail because the effect of a hard day’s work on the body is the need for rest while others find going to sleep another chore.
Between staring at the ceiling, playing on your phone, texting, and the very old standby, watching television, falling to sleep can be difficult for many. Not quite insomniacs, these people find settling down for rest hard to do for a variety of reasons. Diet, sleep patterns, and worse yet, work schedules can all be the culprits for lack of sleep. However, much of sleep happens in creating an environment that supports sleep.
Let’s take a closer look at a few simple steps you can take to create a calming environment that will help you to sleep better.
Dim The Light
Moonlight, street lamps, and natural light that happens to exist at night are all sources of light that can make getting to sleep difficult. For one, consider using blackout shades to prevent light from getting in while sleeping. In many cases, drapes can also function to block out light that might come into the bedroom. Moreover, daylighting systems that allow natural light to flow into the room in the day and that can be covered up at night, depending on the style, are another alternative.
Conversely, if you’re not totally comfortable with falling asleep in the dark, consider getting lights that dim gradually or night light. In this way, darkness comes into the room gradually and more comfortably for sleepers. Dimmer switches allow people to dim lights slowly while preparing for sleep.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Sleep, and falling asleep, can become very uncomfortable in a space that is too cold or too warm. In the winter, consider layering your blankets and keeping the heat at a steady temperature to stay warm. Alternatively, in the summer, air conditioning can make the bedroom uncomfortably cold. Consider raising the temperature on the thermostat, or using the sleep mode function so that the air conditioning does not run throughout the night.
Clear Space To Rest
A room that is cluttered has clothes on the floor, and is just in disarray is not really a place or relaxation. If your bed is also a place where your clothes, books, and personal items lay, again, this cannot be conducive to sleep. Consider tidying up your sleeping space for organization purposes and comfort then rest will soon follow.
Getting comfortable in bed will take more than a comfy mattress and warm duvet. When sleeping, make sure to support your head, neck, and back for maximum rest. If you do not have a doughnut pillow, consider using pillows for more support.
Things To Not Do
While there are many things you can do to promote sleep, there are also a few things you should not do. For one, those looking to create a comfortable place for sleep should avoid bringing work to bed. Laptops, tablets, and other technology have no place in the bedroom. Avoid watching television as well because while it is tempting to watch television before bed it, in many cases, can be an impediment to sleep. Ultimately, your bed is a place to rest and bringing work or devices to bed interferes with rest.
Create Calm And Promote Sleep
Sleep is the best time of the day because it gives our bodies a chance to reset itself. Lack of sleep or the inability to get to sleep is a double whammy in that your body rarely gets the rest it needs, and when we are already tired, it can be unconducive to its purpose. In any event, sleep does not have to be interrupted by restlessness if you set the stage for rest.