There are few things as important as a good night's sleep. When you are well rested and ready to take on the day, you are more alert, your cognitive function is stronger, and your mood is better than when you are poorly rested. Your sleeping conditions are one of the most important factors that impact your ability to get a quality night of sleep, and the good news is there are a lot of factors that you can control. Here are a few ways that you can improve your sleeping conditions at night to improve the quality of your sleep.
Create a Consistent Sleep Schedule
We are creatures of habit. And as much as we may like to believe that we are not, our brains are biologically hardwired to seek out patterns and consistency. And this is true when it comes to our sleep, your body wants to sleep on a consistent schedule, it helps with hormone regulation. So if you are the kind of person who wakes up bright and early on the weekdays, and then sleeps in until the afternoon on the weekends, or someone who has a wildly inconsistent sleep schedule, this may be at the heart of why you aren’t getting the kind of sleep you want. Try to keep your sleep and wake times within an hour or two of variation everyday to help your body send out sleep hormones at the proper times to help you sleep well.
Replace Your Mattress
If you haven’t replaced your mattress in a while, then the key to a better night’s sleep may be as simple as replacing your old and dirty mattress with a new one. Old mattresses lose their supportive qualities quickly, leaving you without the support your body needs to relax into sleep. An old mattress also may be quite dirty, which can also prevent quality sleep. There are many health hazards hiding in your mattress that can result in poor health. If your mattress isn’t making you healthy, then it is not supporting a good night's sleep. If you don’t know the last time you replaced your mattress was, this is a good sign that now is the time for a replacement.
Set Up Proper Sleep Ambience
If you find that your bedroom is bright, noisy, stimulating, or otherwise energizing, then your bedroom ambience could be preventing you from getting a good night's sleep. If your bedroom gets too much natural light at night or early in the morning, then opt for new curtains or blinds that block out more of your light to keep you sleeping. If your room is noisy, then consider sound proofing or white noise machines to mask unwanted noises with sounds that can promote sleep. And if your wall color is too bright or stimulating, opt for a darker, more muted wall color that won’t jolt your brain with stimulus. Cultivating a bedroom ambience that helps you get to sleep and stay asleep can improve your sleep conditions dramatically.
Creating a sleep condition that promotes restful sleep is easier said than done. It takes a little bit of effort, but it is certainly worth it. Try a few of these ideas to improve your sleeping conditions, and see the impact it makes on your sleep.
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