19 Aug Creating the Ideal Sleep Environment
Creating an ideal sleep environment is something that can help you maximize the time that you are in bed—if you are like the majority of Americans, you already don’t get enough sleep, so waking up frequently in the night because of noise, discomfort, or other factors can make that inadequate sleep even less restful. Here are a few tips to help you get a good night’s sleep by creating the perfect sleeping environment.
It makes sense that your mattress can have a big impact on how well you sleep, but many people still ignore the signs that they are sleeping on a poor quality mattress. If you wake up with aches and pains every morning, your mattress is sagging or bulging in some areas, or you are constantly tossing and turning trying to find a comfortable position to sleep, you could be in need of a newer, more comfortable mattress. The best place to start is at 2 Brothers Mattress in Utah, where you can find a huge selection of mattresses from several different brands and in a variety of styles and materials.
You can’t always sleep in a perfectly quiet environment, but keeping noise to a minimum is critical to getting restful sleep. While any extremely loud noises, such as a loud stereo, cars driving by on the road, or sirens can cause you to wake up, quieter sounds like a dripping faucet or a cricket outside the window can also disturb your sleep. In addition, some people find it difficult to sleep when familiar noises are absent—such as the “white noise” of a fan or the absence of that tick-tock on your favorite clock from home. If noises are keeping you awake, try ear plugs or noise blockers, such as a fan; if it’s the absence of noise that you can’t handle, leave the fan on, get a “white noise” machine, or turn on some music, and remember to take a familiar sound with you whenever you are out of your normal sleep environment.
There is no “perfect” temperature for sleep, but scientists have discovered that our bodies tend to heat up when we sleep, which means an ideal temperature for comfortable sleep will be slightly lower than a comfortable temperature for the day. If you are waking up to find that your Utah mattress is soaked with sweat, or you wake up shivering in the night, you should adjust the temperature so your body can rest comfortably through the entire night without disruption. As a general guideline, most sleep experts recommend a temperature between 75 and 54 degrees Fahrenheit, but that can vary for each individual.
Natural & Artificial Light
Our bodies natural rhythm signals us to sleep when it’s dark outside and wake up when it’s light. Because of that, if your bedroom is light when you’re trying to sleep, your body is getting the wrong signals, and it may be difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. If you have to sleep during the day when it’s light outside, try to get blackout curtains or shades, or sleep with a mask for maximum comfort.
The bottom line is that the better environment you can create for sleep—starting with a comfortable mattress from 2 Brothers Mattress in Utah and ending with the right conditions all around you—the more likely you will get good sleep and wake up feeling rested and ready to take on the day.