Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sleep Better in Your Bedroom

The modern, fast-paced lifestyle has left many of us with irregular sleeping habits. Insomnia has surfaced as a common complaint among those who lead busy lifestyles; meanwhile, others yet report that they don't feel well-rested even after a full night's sleep.

While a number of health and lifestyle factors contribute toward this growing phenomenon, the bedroom itself, as your environment, could very well be part of the problem. Use these tips to make your room a much more relaxing, calming, and soothing retreat that's conducive to a full night's rest.

Soundproofing
Noise can disrupt your sleep, especially if you're a light sleeper. Soundproof your room by installing thick drapes over the windows. Cover the floor with a thick carpet; place a rug underneath the door. Carpeting and drapes act as sound barriers that absorb and reduce the amount of vibrations that get through.

Clean
Tidy up and declutter. A clean room is much more welcoming and less stressful to the senses. 

Regulate temperature
It might be that you’re too warm, or too cold at night, to sleep. Make sure you set a comfortable temperature in your room: don’t leave the air conditioner running; use thicker blankets, if you’re prone to cold. Use thinner blankets and opt to keep your windows open to let the breeze in if you find your room too warm and stuffy.

See to the lighting
Install curtains, blinds, or shades that can keep your room dark, especially if you want to sleep in in the morning, or if you have streetlamps and other outdoor light outside your window. As for indoors, look to soft, ambient lighting by using lamps, rather than harsh white fluorescent lights. The overall effect should be relaxing: think “spa.”

Use Scents
Try aromatherapy. Use scented candles, incense, or all-natural air fresheners made from essential oils and herbs that have been proven to be calming and soothing substances.

Clear our electronics
Move 'em all out: the TV, your sound system, your computer, your laptop. Opt to leave your mobile phone out of the bedroom, even. Electronics serve as distractions. The Internet, in particular, can keep you up for longer. Consider installing a Wi-Fi blocker in your room.


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