Optimize your room for sleep. Use these tips to create a sleep friendly bedroom!
We eat, watch TV and work in it, but how much do we actually use our bedroom for sleep?
Truthfully, our bedroom can be a pretty restless place. Your sleeping environment has a huge impact on your quality of sleep, so creating a sleep friendly bedroom is the first step you can take to improving those Zzzz’s tonight!
Especially for athletes, the importance of sleep is not something to be ignored. Sleep deprivation has been linked with decreased aerobic endurance and increased ratings of perceived exertion. So the more tired you are, the more tired you’ll be – it’s vicious, exhausting cycle. With more than 150 million Americans saying that they are sleep-deprived, it’s obvious that something needs to change! Let’s start with… your bedroom.
There are many factors to creating a conducive sleep environment, but we’re simplifying it down to 4 simple steps. Light, comfort, sound, and stress. Of course, comfort is a no-brainer when you have a Sleep Number bed. Only Sleep Number bed gives you the individualized comfort you need! It’s clinically proven to improve your sleep quality. That, along with these other tips will create your perfect sleep sanctuary!
Dim the lights
It’s more than just a mood-setter, dimming the lights can help you get a better night’s sleep. Is your bedroom completely dark, or are there street lights shining in through the window? Invest in some shades that will block unwanted light. More importantly, shade your eyes from your phone’s backlight. Scrolling through Facebook can keep you awake at night, so set that phone aside. Schedule the “Do Not Disturb” feature to start 30 minutes before you want to go to bed to remove the temptation of seeing that screen light up.
We’ve all had that terrible, sleepless experience of trying to relax on a lumpy, uncomfortable mattress. Not only does it keep you awake, but it can also lead to back pain. Everyone is unique, so finding a mattress that contours to you will make a world of difference in your sleep quality. The Sleep Number bed contours to your neck, shoulders, back and hips, cushioning your entire body for more proper spinal alignment. It’s the ultimate in comfort – 91% of bed owners say they’d recommend Sleep Number!
Do you live in a noisy neighborhood? Or maybe it’s dead silent… aside from the creaking of the fan that you can’t seem to ignore. Either way, disruptive sounds are often the biggest culprit for keeping you awake, or for waking you in the middle of the night unexpectedly. White noise can be a big help in these situations, or even a pair of earplugs to block things out.
You’ve blacked out the windows. You’ve invested in an amazing mattress. It’s beautifully quiet. And yet… there are a million thoughts in your head, whirring around and stressing you out. Stress is one of the biggest opponents to leading a healthy lifestyle- it can cause weight gain, lead to binge eating, and keep you awake at night. To reduce stress, try journaling before bed. Write down everything that you need to do the next day, and then set it aside until the next day. Sometimes, it just helps to get it all out of your head and on paper!
Creating your perfect sleep sanctuary requires only a few simple steps, and you’re well on your way to better sleep! Sleep Number bed is all about quality sleep. In fact, 89% of people who slept on a Sleep Number bed report having a better quality of sleep! Learn more about the Sleep Number difference here.