Quality of sleep at night affect our ability to perform the next day. Mood and overall health are tied to the quality of sleep we get each night.
We all have nights when we cannot fall asleep. Life stresses, medical conditions, or maybe a noisy party next door. Whether you have short-term or chronicinsomnia, there are things you can do to sleep easier.
Environmental Strategies for Healthy Sleep
We love to be comfortable, warm and cozy. Going to bed at night should give you the same feeling. Look at your surroundings and see if you can make changes in the bedroom. Here are some things to think about:
- Make sure you have a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation.
- Your bedroom should be very dark. Invest in shades and curtains that keep out the maximum of light.
- Try sleep masks.
- If noise keeps you awake, try earplugs or white noise (a machine that uses static noise to drown out disturbing noise).
- Be sure that the temperature of the room is cool.
- Avoid any distractions like TVs, computers, or cell phones. Noises and lights are distracting. Turn off computer screens a couple hours before bedtime.
You may also want to consider taking some time to take a short walk outside during the day. Sunlight or bright light may help you relax at night.
Behavioral Strategies for Healthy Sleep
Your body learns to respond to what you do out of habit. If you think about it, you have sleep habits too. Some of the things you may be doing make it hard for your body and mind to relax and unwind. A nightly routine will help mak