Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep Sanctuary

If you want to fall asleep quickly and easily, your bedroom needs to be a sleep sanctuary.

If you want to fall asleep quickly and easily, your bedroom needs to be a sleep sanctuary.  In other words, it should be a place of comfort and relaxation. Though this might seem obvious, it is often overlooked, contributing to difficulties getting to sleep and staying asleep through the night.

When creating your sleep space, the goals should be maximizing comfort and minimizing distractions.  In these days of working from home (ie. bed) and electronics at our fingertips, that can be harder than it seems.  Try these tips:

  • Invest in a high-quality mattress and pillow

    The best mattress for your needs and preferences is vital to making sure that you are comfortable enough to relax. It also ensures, along with a quality pillow, that your spine gets proper support to avoid aches and pains.
  • Choose cotton or linen bedding

    Your sheets and blankets play a major role in helping your bed feel inviting. Look for cotton or linen bedding that feels comfortable to the touch and will help maintain a comfortable temperature during the night. Linen is superior.
  • Avoid light disruption

    Excess light exposure can throw off your sleep and circadian rhythm. Room darkening curtains or blinds over your windows or a sleep mask for over your eyes can block light and prevent it from interfering with your rest.
  • Cultivate peace and quiet

    Keeping unwanted noise to a minimum is an important part of building a sleep sanctuary. If you can’t eliminate nearby sources of noise, consider masking them with a fan or white noise machine. There are plenty of white noise apps available for free. Earplugs or headphones are another option to stop abrasive sounds from bothering you when you want to sleep.
  • Find your ideal sleep temperature

    You don’t want your bedroom temperature to be a distraction by feeling too hot or too cold. The ideal temperature can vary based on your individual preferences, but most research supports sleeping in a cooler room that is around 65 degrees.
  • Consider aroma therapy

    A light scent that you find calming can help ease you into sleep. Essential oils with natural aromas, such as lavender, can provide a soothing and fresh smell for your bedroom.

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