Ah sleep. I can’t remember the last time I had a good night’s sleep. When I stop to think about it, I might have been a kid the last time I slept well. When I was a teenager I stayed up late talking on the phone with my friends. Then I grew up and started having babies and well, forget sleep there. Then I went back to work and with that came the late hours. Now I’m just plain sleep deprived, lol.
Anyone else in the same boat? If so, you’re in luck. I have a special guest today who shares three easy ways to prepare our home for a more satisfying sleep.
Here we go…
When it comes to setting up your bedroom, or your whole house, it isn’t very often that sleep is taken into consideration. This is mainly because sleep is something we do in our on time, and most of us can sleep comfortably in many different places. Many people, however, will struggle with sleep in their lives, and part of the reason why could be linked to the layout of their houses.
A house’s layout is important in the sense of sound sleep, as a room placed too close to a loud street or a noisy air conditioner can stifle the natural sleep state. There are other reasons someone may struggle to sleep, however; maybe their bed is old, and their mattress is worn, and what they need is a Koala Single Mattress to fix these issues, and then it’s straight back to sleeping soundly for them. But if you need more information we have prepared a list of a few things that could drastically improve the quality of your sleep.Sleep is the best meditation. Dalai Lama #quoteClick To Tweet
In your lounge room, in your bedroom, in your hallways, lights are everywhere in your house and they affect your sleep/wake cycle fairly strongly. The human brain has adapted to stay awake when it’s light and start to feel sleepy when it gets dark, which is an evolutionary trait that was useful back before we had electric lights. One way to make use of this defunct evolutionary trait is to install dimmers in your house in main areas, so that as the evening wears on the ceiling lights dim more and more, stopping when it is fairly dark, but you are still able to see. This will allow you to naturally slip into “sleep mode”, and get nice and tired before bed.
In your bedroom might be another story entirely. Where your bed is in your bedroom can drastically affect your sleeping, and shifting your bed around every other day can increase your stress levels exponentially, so that isn’t a great option either. Positioning your bed in such a way that light from outside doesn’t immediately hit your eyes first thing in the morning is a good start, but a follow-up would be to position your bed in a place where you feel safest.
A slight feeling of unconscious lack of safety is enough to disrupt sleep, and so your best bet is to set up your bedroom so that you feel most comfortable and most safe in bed. This has a secondary, equally useful mental boost in which you unconsciously relax more when inside your safe-feeling room, even for just a moment, which can make your days more relaxed overall.
Finally, we have the type of curtains on your bedroom window. Maybe this seems superfluous, and if so you can simply try the first two entries on this article and sleep soundly once again, but for anyone else who might need a bit more than moving a bed and dimming some lights, this one’s for you.
Blackout curtains are a great answer to the problem of light pollution, which can seriously damage anyone’s sleeping pattern if they live even remotely close to a city. Street lights shine in through the windows, the sun rises early and floods your room with light, and worst of all, headlights of passing cars wake you with their unique and jarring movement.
Blackout curtains are designed to completely eliminate any light that has even the slightest chance of passing through, and so your room remains pitch-black even in the middle of the day. This is especially useful for people who work in night-shift industries, such as public works construction, or hospital workers. The blackout curtain allows them to regulate the sunlight entering their sleep-space during the day, so their sleep isn’t disturbed, and therefore be at their 100% best for their work throughout the night.The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream. Marilyn Monroe #quoteClick To Tweet
These are simple and yet effective ways to aid in the great pursuit of a perfect night’s sleep. We hope they help you to reach that goal as soon as possible.
Over To You
When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? What do you do to make sure you get your z’s? Let’s talk about it in the comments section below!