You may not have thought about it before, but your sleeping environment can have a significant effect on how well you sleep. The following five steps are easy to implement and can have a positive effect on your sleep.
1. Room Temperature
If your bedroom is too warm or too humid, this can make it more difficult to get to sleep. The ideal temperature is when the room feels slightly cool - this is a closer match to the temperature of your body while sleeping.
If you sleep alone, it's not difficult to find a comforable temperature. If you share the room with someone else, it can be a little harder to find a happy medium. If necessary, compromise on the temperature. You can always add an extra blanket, wear warmer bed clothes, or put on a pair of socks.
2. Bedside Clock
If the time on your clock is visible in the dark, it could be affecting your sleep. When you are aware of how much time you have left to sleep, it can make you think about it and actually end up getting less sleep because of it. Ideally you should set your alarm and then turn your clock so it's not visible. Your alarm will let you know when it's time to get up.
3. Noise Levels
It may seem obvious, but a quiet sleep environment makes it easier to get to sleep. Things like the neighbor's dog barking in the night, traffic or a TV in another room can disrupt your sleep.
To help cut down on noise, add a rug on hardwood flooring, put heavier drapes on the windows or use a “white noise" generator or fan to filter out the sounds. If all else, earplugs may do the trick.
4. Sleep in Bed
Don't do other things in bed. If you do things that require alertness in bed, your body will automatically start to relate the two things. This can lead to restlessness and lack of sleep.
Our bodies are designed to sleep in the dark. Your bedroom should be kept as dark as possible during sleeping hours. If you work night shift and sleep during the day, heavy drapes and other things that will keep the light out will help you sleep more soundly.
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you feel tired during the day, even after a full 8 hours of sleep? You may be suffering from one of a number of sleep disorders . Learn more about disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia on the Sleep Conditions website. Get more helpful tips and information at http://www.sleepconditions.com