Buyer's Guide: Tips For a Great Night's Sleep
There is no doubt that good sleep is important for overall good health. Numerous studies have shown that a lack of restful sleep can be harmful to your health: People who suffer from sleep deprivation or even a small sleep deficit have higher stress levels, make more mistakes, and find it harder to make decisions than well-rested people.
Much as good sleep is important to good health, good health habits are important to good sleep. An overall healthy lifestyle- one that includes exercise, normal mental stimulation during the day, and proper diet - helps ensure better sleep. Not ready to change your whole lifestyle? Well, there are a few things you can do that don't require a complete lifestyle change!
Set The Mood For Good Sleep
- Make sure your bedroom is dark. Use room darkening window coverings to ensure light does not stream into your bedroom.
- Turn down the heat. Most people sleep better in a cool bedroom - around 65 to 70 degrees is optimal.
- Clear clutter. It is difficult to relax in a cluttered bedroom, so keep the room as tidy as possible.
Top It All Off
Don't skimp on your bed sheets. Sometimes the difference between a good night's sleep and a bad one has more to do with your bed linens than with the mattress. Launder your sheets weekly to keep them fresh and clean.
Appeal to All Your Senses.
We've already mentioned how a darkened room and soft sheets promote good sleep. Now, let's consider your senses of smell and hearing.
- For centuries, scents like lavender have been known for their calming effects. Try a lavender scented linen spray or scented sachet near your bed to help ease you into sleep naturally.
- If you find yourself easily distracted by common household noises, noisy neighbors, or barking neighborhood dogs, consider using a white noise machine or sound conditioner to help mask these unwanted noises. White noise machines are a great choice, because they supply a constant stream of steady swooshing sound like a fan blowing. This is a great sound that is very calming and easily drowns out distracting sounds.
Some Things to Avoid
- Don't eat chocolate. Chocolate has caffeine in it that can disturb your sleep.
- Don't drink caffeine. Duh.
- Don't drink alcohol for a few hours before bed. Studies have shown that drinking alcohol prevents good sleep.