Getting the proper sleep is important for good health. But did you know how much your bedroom can affect the quality of your nightly sleep time?
Here are some tips to help you fine tune your sleeping area so it will aid, not hinder your efforts at getting a good night's sleep.
Banish Sources of Allergens
Mold, bacteria and dust mites in your sleeping area can aggravate allergy symptoms like stuffiness and wheezing, causing a sleep interruptions. Be sure to regularly launder your sheets, pillowcases and other bedding. And if your bedroom is carpeted, be sure to regularly vacuum thoroughly with a HEPA filter vacuum to remove allergens from the flooring. Finally, protect your mattress and pillows by using protectors to prevent the soiling and staining that invites dust mites to take up residence.
Welcome the Darkness
Melatonin, the hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycle, is best released at night in response to darkness. Think of investing in blackout curtains or shades to reduce the amount of natural light that seeps into the room while your sleep. Also, reduce the number of light producing electronics near your bed. Nix the smartphone and bright LED alarm clock from your nightstand, and set the sleep timer on your TV to welcome as much darkness as possible to your bedroom.
Remove the Clutter
Excess clutter can create stress, and stress is a sleep killer. Remove any piles of magazines, paperwork, receipts and the like to another room. That exercise bike that's collecting clothing? Move it to another room or otherwise stash it out of sight. Nothing is more stressful than exercise goals not fulfilled.