Creating the perfect environment to optimise sleep is worth the effort and investment. A good night’s sleep will improve your daily performance, productivity, and have you feeling happier and healthier. Sleep is so important, but unfortunately one thing that is often overlooked. But how do you create a good sleeping environment? There are a few simple ways you can improve your sleeping area and have you catching more z’s.
Find the Right Bed For You
A great night’s sleep starts with a great mattress. The thing is, finding the right mattress for you greatly depends on two things – your physical condition and your sleep training, that is what you are used to. Some people find it very difficult to get to sleep unless they have a hard surface underneath them, because that is what they are used to. Others can’t get comfortable unless they have a softer mattress that mould to the shape of their body. So think about your own preferences and tendencies. One type of bedding that generally works for everyone is a memory foam mattress. This is because, it moulds to the shape of your body and gives comfort unique to your size and shape. You can get memory foam mattresses in a variety of levels of firmness from firm, medium firm, to soft so you should be able to find the perfect fit for yourself.
When looking for the right pillow, try to fit pillows that match the height of your shoulder so that when you sleep on your side your spine is kept straight and neck isn’t being pushed upwards or drooping down. If you sleep on your back or front, then you should try to get thin pillows that are soft enough they don’t arch your neck upwards. A straight spine will allow for a much better night’s rest and avoid that horrible sensation of waking up in the morning with a crook neck that takes half the day to correct itself.
Gadget Free Space
Make your sleeping space a gadget-free space. Leave all your computers and phones out in the lounge room, don’t take them to bed with you. If you want to watch Netflix and chill, then do it out in the lounge before coming to bed so that once you are in your sleeping space, there are no bright lights, distractions, and WiFi emissions zapping your brain. Keeping electronics out of your room will make a big difference to the quality of your sleep. And if you’re one of those people that sleep with your phone right next to you, stop that. Immediately. You are upsetting your sleep cycle and causing yourself health issues that will come around down the track.
It may come as a surprise to you, but the colour scheme of your bedroom actually has proven effects on the quality of your sleep. This correlates with the above about distractions, but also has something to do with mood. We all know that different colours evoke different feelings and moods in us, so it is only reasonable that the colour scheme of our bedroom will affect the mood we are in when you turn in for the night. Blue colour schemes are calming and ranked as the optimal colour for your sleeping space, while colours such as grey, brown and purple ranked amongst the less than ideal colours to have dominating your bedroom. So next time you’re shopping for sheets and bedding, keep to the blues and you might just find yourself having a more relaxed night’s sleep.
The main point to remember is that sleep needs to be a relaxing and calm activity. Don’t rush to bed and force yourself to sleep because you have to get up early the next morning and get through piles of work at the office. Take the time to relax, and calm down in your sleeping space so that you drift off to sleep relaxed and happy and free of electronic distractions. Have a good night’s rest!