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How to Make Your Bedroom the Best Environment for Sleeping

How to Make Your Bedroom the Best Environment for Sleeping

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If the whole family doesn't sleep well, it can throw off the day. I can tell when things are going to be a bit more difficult because someone hasn't had enough sleep! For me, one of the most important things about sleeping is having the right place to do it. Some people can sleep anywhere. But many need specific conditions to help them drift off to dreamland. Both children and adults need the best environment not just to help them fall asleep but to make their sleep better too. There are lots of changes you can make to a bedroom to make it better for sleeping. Here are just some of the things that can make a difference.

 

Remove Distractions

I know that bedrooms are private spaces for every family member. It's not always possible to keep it just for sleeping (or more grown-up activities). The kids might want somewhere to play or do their homework in peace. But I still think you can do your best to remove as many distractions from the room as possible. For example, it's not always a great idea to have a TV in the bedroom. If there's a desk, it could go behind a privacy screen, so it's hidden at bedtime. Keeping fitness equipment out will mean you aren't reminded of how much you're not using it. Even minimising things like posters and photos can help to make the room calmer.

 

Get a New Mattress

If you want a better sleep, your bed is one of the main places to turn to. I love our bed and can never wait to fall into it at the end of the day. The primary focus of your bed should be the mattress. They can be expensive, especially once you reach the high-end ones. But it's worth investing in a good one. They should last at least eight to ten years, with some more expensive ones lasting longer.

There's a lot more to consider when you buy a mattress than you might think. Not too long ago, most people would have chosen between a pocket sprung mattress and a continuous or open coil mattress. Now, memory foam and latex are both popular options for more comfort. If you're hoping for a better sleep, you might consider using latex as a comfort layer with your mattress. Others prefer to use memory foam, which changes shape to fit your body. Just remember that the more comfortable the mattress, the more it will cost.

 

Make Your Existing Mattress More Comfortable

If you don't want to buy a new mattress, or you can't afford to, all is not lost. You can make your existing mattress more comfortable with a couple of tweaks. The first thing you can do is add a mattress topper. They add a layer of padding to your bed, and you can get them in different materials. It's important to remember, however, that they won't fix a mattress that's on its way out. If it's time for a replacement, you might have to bite the bullet. A mattress topper can help many people, though. You can get them in memory foam, feather-filled, wool, microfibre, and more.

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Choose the Right Pillow

There's nothing worse than waking up with a crick in your neck. And yet, a lot of people don't realise they're using the wrong pillow. It's easy to overestimate how many pillows you need or to continue using a pillow that's passed its best. The best way to choose a pillow is to think about your sleeping position. Your pillow needs to hold your neck straight, so you don't want anything too flat or too high. If you sleep on your back, you'll need less pillow than if you sleep on your side. Tummy sleepers should choose a softer pillow. Other things to consider include whether you have allergies or any sleep problems. You can get anti-allergy pillows and some designed to help with issues like sleep apnea.

 

Adjust the Lighting

Some people say that they can't sleep if their bedroom is too dark. However, too much light can disturb your sleep. There are a few things you can do to keep your room as dark as possible. Invest in some heavy curtains or blinds to banish moonlight and streetlights. It's a good idea to get rid of all the small lights that you might not think about too. For example, if you have an alarm clock, the glowing numbers can disturb you. If you have to get up during the night, using a nightlight in the hallway or bathroom is better than a ceiling light.

 

Keep Everything Tidy

A lot of people just can't sleep when their bedroom is messy. But if you can, that doesn't necessarily mean you're getting good sleep. Making sure everything is tidy before you get into bed can help you a lot. If you're not careful, it can be easy to let clutter build up. Make it part of your bedtime routine to tidy up before you go to sleep.

 

Adjust the Temperature

Getting the temperature right for your bedroom is important. You might like it warmer, but sleep experts say cooler is better. If the room is slightly lower in temperature, it's easy to snuggle under the covers. Your body temperature drops as you fall asleep, so a colder room can help you get ready for bed. Set the temperature a little lower than you would have it during the day if you have a controllable thermostat.

 

Eliminate Noise Disturbance

There are some noises that can help you drift off to sleep. But being disturbed by ambulances, helicopters, or even snoring isn't fun. Much of the time, there's nothing you can do to stop the noise. However, you can protect yourself against it. Wearing earplugs to bed is one option if you want a quieter night's sleep. If you share your bed with a snorer, make sure you explore every avenue to get their snoring treated.

Your bedroom makes a big difference to how well you can sleep. If you struggle to drift off, making a few changes could help you.

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