Sleep deprivation is one of the silent killers in our society and it affects us in so many ways: it decreases our immune system’s ability to fend off disease; it affects mental alertness and quality; it can lead to all sorts of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety; and, more importantly, it will make you feel like a mess and leave you unable to perform your day-to-day activities.
Poor sleep, however, is often the result of poor habits and choices. And it often starts with the bedroom. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can make your bedroom more conducive to sleep.
Black it Out
Daylight is the worst enemy to sleep. When the body senses even the slightest light, it will trick it into thinking that it should be awake. This is why you need to make sure that you can banish all light from your sleeping environment when needed. The best way to do that is to invest in the proper window treatments. If you want to protect your room from heat and light, we would suggest that you invest in custom-made blinds. You have manufacturers like Westral that will be able to build the perfect set of blinds for your needs. Whether you want panel blinds, Venetian blinds, or vertical blinds, they will find the set for you. All you have to do is check out their selection and give them your requirements, make your payment, and they will send the blinds to you. You can also use additional draping if you want to make sure that nothing comes in. Choosing blinds in white will allow light to reflect and the extra draping will block out light completely.
We mentioned that daylight can trick your body’s internal clock, but the same goes with light coming from electronic devices and screens. These devices emit something that is referred to as blue light. This blue light can wreak havoc on your circadian rhythms and throw them out of whack. If possible, use analog options. Even a bright alarm clock could disturb your sleep and if you happen to get up too early and look at it, it might make it difficult to go back to sleep. You should also make sure that you don’t watch any screens for at least two hours before going to sleep. If you absolutely need entertainment, listen to audio content instead.
Keep it Cool
Another important thing is making sure that the room’s temperature is adequate. You may not know this, but there are certain temperatures that allow the body to go to sleep better. Heat is your enemy here, and you need to keep the room as cool as possible. Ideally, you want the room to be around the 16 to 19 degrees Celsius mark. This will send a signal to the body that it’s time to go to sleep.
These are all things that you could do to make your bedroom the perfect environment for sleeping. We suggest you look at as many ideas as possible and implement them starting today.