Beyond all the decor and the beautiful sheets, our bedrooms have one single purpose: to help us get a good night’s’ sleep. But there’s a problem: most of the time we don’t get much shut-eye. In fact, many of us struggle to get a solid eight hours.
Here’s how to modify your bedroom to make it more sleep-friendly.
Put On Socks
In what’s probably one of the most bizarre findings in all of science, putting on socks before you go to bed might be one of the most important things you can do to get a good night’s’ sleep. According to http://www.besthealthmag.ca/, studies have found that when people wear socks, they actually sleep longer and deeper than those that don’t. The reason for this is that keeping your feet warm allows your internal body temperature to drop lower than it would otherwise do, maintaining your metabolic sleep state for longer than if you weren’t wearing socks. Strange, but true.
Grab Some Double-Thick Drapes
Is there a shaft of light coming into your room from the street lamp outside? Well, it could be wreaking havoc with your sleep patterns. Your retinas are extremely sensitive to light, and they can detect even small amounts of it as it passes through your eyelids. The problem is that when your retina picks up light in the environment, it sends a signal to your brain telling it that it’s morning. As a result, your brain then starts churning out a bunch of hormones encouraging you to wake up.
The only solution to this ghastly problem is to invest in extra-thick drapes that block out all the light at night. Regular blinds simply won’t do.
Buy A New Mattress
Mattress technology has moved on significantly over the last few years, thanks to dramatic improvements in materials. As the Tempurpedic on BestMattress-Brand.org demonstrates, mattresses no longer have to be sprung. Instead, materials are being developed that allows mattresses to deform according to your contours, no matter what shape you are.
The type of mattress you choose will have a significant bearing on how well you sleep. Studies have shown that people with older beds don’t sleep as long or as well as those with new beds.
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Just as the amount of light in your bedroom can affect your sleep, so too can the type of smells. Many people have found that scenting the bedroom with lavender can help induce sleep. Lavender has also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, so this might be the way that it helps people to drop off. Smelling lavender reduces stress levels, helping to induce sleep.
Go Mad On Bedding
Often the type of bedding you choose, and its cleanliness, can affect the quality of your sleep. Soothing bed colors and soft cashmere can have a dramatic effect on your state of mind before you turn the lights out. Best Health Mag also recommends that people who struggle with sleep lay out extra pillows for their neck and back.
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