The environment that you sleep in is extremely important. I’m talking about the overall comfort of your bed, the overall warmth of your body, noise and light as well as airflow. While some people who have trained to sleep anywhere can do just that (people like cabin attendants) the rest of us need a nice environment in which to catch the nightly shut eye.
You probably think about your sleeping environment only when there is something extremely irritating. For example, when there are roadworks outside your bedroom window. There are a few other things in your environment though that also make a difference to the quality of your sleep. Here are some pointers.
Many people don’t get enough air into their systems during the nice. With all the doors shut and the windows closed the air in your room is not able to circulate and you don’t get the oxygen that you need. I keep a window open during the night to keep the air in my bedroom fresh.
It’s important to me and I’ve noticed a big difference to when it’s shut. If I wake up in a room where the air is fresh I feel much cleaner and much more ready to begin the day. If it’s shut, I do feel a bit bloated (not a nice feeling). You might have central heating or other air flow which can do the same job – especially if the air outside your place is especially polluted.
During the winter time, I still keep the window open but only a few centimeters. This with a curtain over the top keeps most of the heat in with that airflow still present. Of course opening a window might be an issue if you have a lot of noise outside your room which leads me onto.
Noise, of course, is a disturbance and it’s one that will irritate most people more than any other. If it’s noisy outside than you will have difficulty sleeping. If it’s noisy inside it can be even trickier. Or you live in a house with other people who make a lot of noise, ask them to be quiet. If there is construction going on outside ask to see if they can restrict their building hours. If all else fails then a cheap pair of earplugs from a chemist will do the job. They might take a little getting used to; however, you’ll get a much better sleep if you’re not being irritated by noise.
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Again, this is something that you might be aware of or not. If it’s too hot in your room, turn your heater off or open a window (or another window). And if it’s hot outside remove layers from your bed. If it’s your duvet that’s doing it then look at getting one that’s more breathable. While this might seem like advice that is incredibly obvious it’s amazing how many people forget about it and just ‘put up with it’.
Don’t just put up with it. Get frustrated and most importantly, do something about it. If you find that your feet get cold in the night, wear socks. Do something about it.
I used to have very annoying curtains that let large amounts of the streetlights outside into my room. With some ‘black out’ curtains behind them, that problem was solved. Most of the time light is very irritating to the eye. It wakes you up.
Camping out in the middle of nowhere hits this home – you go to sleep when it’s dark (even if it’s just 6 pm) and get up when it’s light. Too much light in your room? Fix it. Sometimes light can be helpful though, like the Nightwave Sleep Assistant.
Your bed, if it is too firm or too soft for your liking, needs to be improved. While it can be too expensive to completely replace a mattress you might be able to find that you are able to improve the comfort with something like a memory foam topper.
While you probably know of many of these tips, it’s important that you really do consider the environment of your sleep. It does make quite a big difference to the quality of your sleep so make an effort to change things if they need to be changed.
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