Sleep is important to our overall health and wellbeing. Recent studies show that getting adequate sleep night after night can help sharpen your memory, fight germs, maintain a healthy weight, and improve your mood. You can ensure that you are getting a proper night’s sleep by going to bed early, reducing electronic screen time, and practicing good sleep hygiene. However, you will also want to consider whether your sleep space is promoting healthy sleep. Below we have compiled a list of tips to help you get the most out of your sleep environment.

Choose Calming Colors

To get the most out of your sleep space, be sure to choose a color scheme that promotes relaxation. Pastel blues, greens, pinks, and lavenders, all have a calming effect and can help your mind and body prepare for sleep. Consider painting your bedroom or an accent wall in one of these soothing colors.

 

Bright colors, such as reds, oranges, and yellows, can have a stimulating effect. Therefore, you should avoid using these colors in your sleep space. Dark colors, such as grays, browns, and blacks, can have a gloomy, heavy feel and should also be avoided. Ultimately, you will want to choose a color scheme that is appealing to you but also helps you feel at ease in your sleep space.

Adjust Your Lighting

Lighting plays a big role in creating a soothing sleep environment. In addition to removing electronic light from your bedroom, consider also removing any bright, harsh lighting. Replacing high watt light bulbs with low watt bulbs, between 45 to 50 watts, can help give your sleep environment a more ambient and soothing glow. This lighting is perfect for promoting sleep and relaxation, while still being suitable for reading.

Invest in the Best Mattress for Your Needs

It is difficult to find a good night’s sleep if you’re sleeping on an inadequate mattress. The life of a mattress is typically between 8 to 10 years. The reason for this is that mattresses break down over time and lose their support. When mattresses lose their shape and begin to sag, they will no longer provide you with the support you need to sleep comfortability. When this happens, you may experience painful pressure points, poor spinal alignment, increased allergies, lack of sleep, soreness in joints, and body pain. If you are experiencing any of these sleep symptoms, it may be time to consider purchasing a new mattress. Mattresses that feature memory and latex foam are ideal for contouring to joints and providing no pressure support. Hybrid mattresses typically use a combination of foam and innerspring coils and are ideal for heavy sleepers.

Reduce Noise

Excessive noise can prevent or disrupt sleep. Two ways to reduce noise in your sleep environment is through the use of area rugs and upholstered furniture. Area rugs can help to minimize the way sound echoes throughout the room. This is especially helpful with hardwood floors. Upholstered furniture, such as beds, chairs, benches, and ottomans, can help absorb sound, ensuring that the space stays blissfully quiet.

Declutter Your Sleep Space

To create a serene and peaceful sleep space, everything in the room should be associated with sleep and relaxation. Clutter, such as work, papers, mail, workout equipment, and laundry, should be removed from your sleep environment. These objects tend to trigger stress and anxiety, which can delay sleep. Be sure to put objects where they belong, put clean laundry away, remove dirty laundry from the room, and remove any association with work from the area. This will ensure that your sleep environment is as stress-free as possible.

Adjust The Temperature

A hot room can rob you of a comfortable night’s sleep. To get the most out of your sleep space, be sure to keep the temperature of the room on the cooler side. Ideally, the temperature of your bedroom should be between 60 and 67 degrees. Sheets, pillowcases, and pajamas made of breathable materials, such as cotton and linen, will also help you find a cool and comfortable sleep.

Choose Comfortable Bedding

Bedding, such as sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, and blankets, can also help create a more ideal sleep environment. Consider utilizing bedding in pastels colors such as blue, green, and pink. Being surrounded by these soothing colors can have an immediate calming effect on the brain. Natural materials, such as cotton, linen, down, and wool, are more breathable and won’t trap heat. These natural materials are also softer to the touch, creating a more inviting space.

 

With new research highlighting the importance of a good night’s sleep, it is no wonder that more people are making adjustments to maximize their sleep space. These small adjustments can help you get better sleep as soon as tonight.

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