5 Ways to Create the Perfect Sleeping Environment!
Having a good night’s sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and will benefit both the mind and body. Whilst you sleep your body can repair itself; reducing stress, improving memory, lowering blood pressure, boosting the immune system and improving concentration.
Almost a third of your life will be spent asleep which is why it is crucial to assess the physical space where you drift off. However, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start! Ultimately, people will react differently to their environment so you need to find what works best for you. Having said this, there are some things which will help the majority of individuals fall asleep:
A silent night
Unless you’re one of those few people who can sleep just about anywhere, regardless of noise, then a good place to start is ensuring you’re in a quiet place. This is particularly important as noise pollution is on the rise. Not only this, but your brain is also constantly listening for familiar noises; one of the reasons that many wake up thinking their name has been called.
If you have difficulty in getting to sleep due to excessive noise, then trying to reduce the level of noise is an important first step. If noise is unavoidable then you might want to consider wearing ear plugs. Try different solutions to reduce noise pollution and see what works best for you.
You are able to draw parallels with the state of your bedroom and the state of your mind. Whilst not actually scientifically proven, there have been many studies which associates a tidy bedroom with a better night’s sleep. A possible reason for this is that having a tidy room helps to make us feel more relaxed and this is the perfect state for a peaceful slumber. Put simply, if a tidy bedroom gives you greater peace of mind then you’re less likely to worry when it comes to falling asleep.
Simple techniques such as making your bed every morning, regularly washing and changing the sheets, dusting and hoovering your room weekly, as well as ensuring that all clothes are folded and put away will work to give you greater peace of mind. The truth is that a clean room has a decidedly calming effect, helping peaceful sleep last longer.
Your body temperature plays a vital role in your ability to fall asleep. For instance, have you ever noticed that if it is really stuffy then you toss and turn uncomfortably for much longer? Similarly, if it is too warm then you’re likely to get agitated and find it difficult to stay asleep.
If you are really struggling with either being too hot or cold when getting to sleep then you might consider a mattress that can adjust to your body temperature. This unique sleeping technology is able to provide a more balanced, natural sleeping regime.
Enter the darkness
Before the advent of smartphones and alarm clocks, how did people know when to fall asleep and to wake again? The answer lies in the dark light cycle that we have evolved from; when the sun begins to set our eyes are sensitive to the light and signals are sent to the brain prompting us to sleep.
When it begins to get darker, the body releases a hormone called melatonin which serves to prepare you for sleep. As it gets lighter around you, the body releases cortisol, the hormone responsible for waking you up. This is why it is more beneficial to sleep in a dark room; it promotes a better night’s sleep.
It is the unfortunate reality that in our modern world it is now lighter than ever before, especially in the bedroom. For example, many of us will sport a bedside light, alarm clock, phone, tablet and TV which all contribute to emitting small amounts of light. It is particularly important to rid you bedroom of as much light as possible. To do this, you could consider installing black out blinds and turning all electronic devices off.
Make your bed comfortable
Here at HSL, we are known as the Comfort Experts on chairs and sofas, but this also extends to beds and mattresses. If you are constantly waking up feeling stiff and tired it could be time for a change of mattress. The average mattress should last anywhere between five and ten years but if you can feel lumps or springs then it is probably a sign that you’re due for an upgrade.
It’s perhaps quite surprising that we occupy so much time in our beds yet we are not willing to spend a significant amount of money on them. The initial price may be a little daunting but it really is worth spending more on something so important to our everyday lives. Choosing a mattress and bed will inevitably come down to personal preference, however our comfort specialists are trained to identify all of your comfort needs.
Getting to sleep has become increasingly difficult in recent years. This could be to do with the advent of new technologies or simply having busier lifestyles. However, what hasn’t changed is the need to get quality sleep on a regular basis. By following the above tips, it will go at least some way in creating a better sleeping environment and hopefully getting to sleep more quickly.