While some barriers to sleep may require medical intervention, good sleep hygiene may help with others. One example of sleep hygiene that may help individuals with trouble sleeping is setting up a good sleeping environment.
One way to create a good sleeping environment is to make your bedroom more comfortable. This may include finding a new mattress if your current one is too hard or too soft for you.
The University of Maryland Medical Center noted that an uncomfortable bed can interfere in getting a good night sleep. In addition to evaluating the comfort of your mattress, also make sure the temperature in your bedroom is comfortable as well.
The National Sleep Foundation stated that for many people, having their bedroom temperature be above 75 degrees Fahrenheit or below 54 degrees Fahrenheit can disrupt their sleep. The organization recommended keeping your bedroom slightly cooler.
Try to also keep your bedroom dark at night. The body’s sleep-wake cycle is affected by the amount of light — bright light tells the body to be awake, and darkness signals that it may be time to sleep. To keep your sleep-wake cycle on track, get exposure to bright light during the daytime, then keep your bedroom dark at night. This may involve using drapes or an eye mask.
If you find that you wake up earlier in the morning than you are planning to, the National Sleep Foundation recommended increasing the amount of bright light exposure you are getting in the evening.
Noise is another factor to consider when creating a good sleeping environment. Distracting noises can keep you awake at night.
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