25 Sep Important Factors in Falling Asleep
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re obsessed with getting you the best possible night’s sleep every evening. We have numerous mattress options and accessories to help with this mission, from Tempur-Pedic options to memory foam choices and much more.
Beyond just providing you with sleep products, however, we’re also here to impart some wisdom and expertise gained from decades in the mattress and sleep world. Everyone has different tricks for getting to sleep if they’re struggling, but are there any universal factors that play a role for all of us? There are, it turns out.
One of the single most important factors for sleep, but one many people don’t consider at all, is the temperature of the room you’re sleeping in. Humans get optimal sleep in rooms with a temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, with 65 or so generally considered the sweet spot for most people.
Even if you don’t notice it, temperatures well outside this range can disrupt your sleep and leave you tired in the mornings. Too high a temperature may raise your body heat and wake you up several times in the night, while too cold a room might wake you up for other reasons.
Screens and Electronics
Several different studies have shown that electronic devices and screens have a negative impact on sleep quality, including this one. These kinds of technologies are known to bring on mental stress, even if you’re only lightly using them, and this stress can impact both your ability to fall asleep and the quality of the sleep you get. Avoid using these within the minutes or hours before going to sleep.
While certain areas of focus during sleep attempts might be bad, one area that’s generally good to focus on is your breathing. There are various techniques that involve breathing deeply and holding breath in for various periods, and these can help you slow your breathing and relax.
This is a well-known method for falling asleep, but it’s actually a myth – research that’s nearly a decade old shows that counting sheep doesn’t really work, and is likely a bit too boring to keep the brain concentrated on.
Move a Little
If you go more than 20 minutes or so without falling asleep, you might consider actually getting up out of bed for a few minutes. This can help tire out your brain in a slightly different way. Be sure to stay away from electronics while you do this, of course.
Finally, the quality of your mattress can have a big impact on your sleep. If you’ve begun to notice recent sleep issues without much other explanation, this could be because you need a new mattress that’s better suited to your sleep needs.