We have all been there: no matter how fluffy the pillows, how fresh the sheets or how many sheep you count, sleep still proves to be just out of you reach. The clock keeps on ticking and instead of counting sleep inducing sheep you find yourself counting down the minutes and hours until your alarm clock is set to go off. Struggling to fall asleep is a horrible experience and the anxiety that can come from worrying about falling asleep certainly doesn’t help matters.
Before you resign yourself to a life of insomnia take heart from knowing the there are lots of ways to make your bedroom a more calm and peaceful place instead of the battlefield between your waking and sleeping moments that it may seem:
Is your bed actually comfy?
You would be amazed by how many people sleep on beds that are way past their best. Uncomfy mattresses are a leading cause of sleepless nights, in fact, experts recommend that you change your mattress every 8 years to make sure you aren’t losing support and sacrificing comfort. If you are in the market for a new mattress I would highly recommend checking out great deals on a huge variety of styles and brands, you can even use Dreams free app to help choose the right mattress for you.
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What colour and sounds are in your surroundings?
Your ability to get a good nights sleep can easily be affected by the decor of your bedroom. In a scientific study, it was found that helping in a room with blue tones was much more conducive to getting some quality shut-eye than any other colour. If your bedroom is painted in bright colours or has a zebra print theme to it you may want to reconsider it if you have been having sleepless nights.
The sounds in your bedroom can also play a big part in helping you get to step at night. Some people need ambient noise to help them nod off while others do better with complete silence. A white noise machine can be helpful in blocking out noise from the surrounding streets and even other housemates. Some people prefer to fall asleep to the sound of voices and there are even podcasts that are designed to hit the balance of interesting yet just boring enough that they don’t keep you up!
What do you do in your bedroom?
What you get up to inside bedroom can easily affect the quality of sleep that you get. Ideally, your bedroom should be reserved for sleeping and sex only. If you find yourself using it as a workspace, or playroom for the kids it can easily make it hard for you to get to fall asleep quickly in it. The reason behind this is that your brain doesn’t expect to go to sleep when you are in that room, instead of hiding to the land of nod it is thinking about that last spreadsheet you were working on or the messy art project that you need to scrape off the floor. Move the desk out of the bedroom and find another spot for play to happen so your bedroom can be an ocean of tranquillity for you to retreat to at night.