Friday, February 23, 2007

A Better Sleep Environment Can Help You Sleep

Whether you are aware of this or given it any thought or not, but your sleep environment can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep.

Let’s take a look at some helpful tips that will help you get the most out of your sleeping time.

The Room Temperature –

Not only can the temperature of your room affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep but so can the humidity of the room as well. Ideally, your room should feel slightly cool when you first enter it. This will ultimately match more closely to that of your body when you are in the deep midst of your sleep.

This is not too difficult of a task if you are the only sleeper in the room. Needless to say adjusting the temperature is a different matter when another opinion in the ideal temperature is involved. If this is case, some testing and compromising will usually bring an equitable solution to all parties. In fact, sometimes just using a small fan on the side of the bed that likes a cooler temperature can work very well.

Noise Level –

Needless to say that a quiet environment is much more conducive to restful sleep than that of one that is not. It doesn’t matter what the source of the noise, any inconsistent or irregular noise can lead to inconsistency in your sleeping patterns.

There are adjustments that you can make to reduce the amount of noise in your sleeping environment. Many times a fan in the room makes for a great noise reducer. A fan (or anything that will produce a constant monotone noise) will many times offer enough insulation from erratic noise such as a dog barking or traffic that you’ll be able to get a good night’s rest.

Other techniques you can use would be to put heavier curtains on your windows, replace your windows with double or triple paned glass, or invest in some ear plugs.

Your Bedside Clock –

Don’t be a clock watcher and keep worrying about the fact that if you don’t fall asleep soon you’re going to be soooo tired. Set your alarm and then turn the clock away from you so you can’t crack an eye open and see the time… trust your body and your alarm to wake you at the proper time.

Sleep In A Good Bed –

The size of your bed and the type of mattress you are trying to sleep on does make a difference. Take the time to pick out a bed and a mattress that fits you and feels comfortable. A high quality mattress will certainly require a larger investment on your behalf, but in the long run, your sleep and your health is by far worth the up front investment… and don’t stop with your mattress either make sure you pick some new soft and comfortable pillows that you like as well… trust me… the sleep difference can be dramatic.

Train Your Body –

Sleep and sleep only in your bed. Don’t use your bed for paying the bills, or even constantly watching the television. Teach and train your body the bed is for sleeping not conducting other life’s tasks.

Lighting –

The darker the better for the body to sleep peacefully. If you work nights and have to get your sleep during the day take measures to darken your bedroom as much as you possibly can by using heavier window coverings.

Your sleep and subsequently you health is a very important matter. If you are having trouble sleeping at night; don’t just keep doing the same thing your doing with your sleep habits and your sleep environment. Make some of the aforementioned adjustments and tweaks and perfect your sleeping environment… you’ll be glad you did.

About the Author: Jeff Foster, for more important information on
sleeping be sure to visit www.sleep-good.com where you will helpful find advice and tips on sleep, sleep apnea, sleep insomnia and how you can start getting a good night's sleep.

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