Are you getting a good night’s sleep? Every night? Estimates from the National Sleep Foundation suggest that at least one in three Americans are not getting enough quality sleep, which is having a huge impact on their quality of life. And while many people claim they get between 7-8 hours a night, 35 percent of Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair,” and 20 percent say they don’t wake up feeling refreshed on any of the past seven days.
While some of the reasons may be health related (and people should certainly check in with their doctors for ongoing issues), other reasons include making a few changes in your home to create sleep conditions for uninterrupted sleep.
First, ensure you have the perfect temperature – not too cold or too hot. Research suggests that keeping your head nice and cool is conducive to good sleep. Some say 65 degrees is the perfect temperature for sleeping.
Next, be sure to make your bedroom as sound-free as possible. Some people try white noise machines to drown out noises. Personally I use a wave machine. There’s just something about nodding off to soothing ocean waves.
One of the most important things you can do is to make your room as dark as possible in the hours you sleep. Most people enjoy having a television in
their bedrooms, but many electronics have lights that glow, making it nearly impossible to have complete blackness. Try adding a TVLiftCabinet to your room. Not only is it functional, but when you’re not watching your flatscreen television, everything disappears into the unit. It’s also a great way to hide clutter, which can also distract you from relaxing in your bedroom sanctuary.
These are just a few tips to help you on your way to a better night’s sleep. And as my mom used to say, “sleep tight.” There was also something about bed bugs biting, but it’s not as cute as it used to be.