Science Says | Developing Your Bedroom Setup for an Ideal Slumber Situation
We all love sleeping. Letting the day’s stress factors wash away and drifting off into that totally otherworldly state where everything, even the most wild thought processes, are taken as being fine and dandy, and added to our dreamscape. Sleeping is what we spend a third of our lives doing, and it’s important that we spend that much time doing it too, because sleep replenishes our brain chemicals and provides our body with opportunity to heal itself and put short term memory into long term memory.
Long story short, sleep is essential to the survival and healthy life of every individual on earth. Sometimes we struggle with sleeping, and maybe it’s the lack of koala king sized mattress that does it, but whatever it is, it affects us immensely when we can’t get enough of it. We have compiled a list of things that can be done to make your bedroom the ideal sleep chamber.
The position of your bed in your room is very important to the quality of your sleep. To give an example, if you have your bed next to a draft window with a poor quality curtain, you’ll spend all winter with a cold breeze at night and sunlight in your eyes as soon as dawn breaks, and all summer with mosquitos getting through and sunlight in your eyes even earlier than in winter. So bed positioning is important, and placing your bed in a dark, yet safe-feeling corner of your room is key in getting a good night’s sleep.
The lighting in your room is important as well, although for different reasons than for the position of your bed. If possible, install a dimmer on your lights in your bedroom, because dimmer lights allow your brain to naturally relax into sleep mode. Naturally, we get sleepy when the sun goes down, but because of electric lights it’s hard for our brains to reconcile the lack of sun but the presence of light, so a dimmer switch is an elegant solution to that problem. Simply dim the lights as you get closer to your bedtime and you’ll find yourself yawning before you know it.
If your room is cluttered and/or dirty, it can be an absolute disaster for your sleep schedule. Clutter and chaos in a room where you are required to sleep can often cause serious problems for your sleep schedule, because your body finds it hard to relax in such stressful situations. You might be causing your tossing and turning with the mess on your floor without even realising it. Even though it’s a pain, if you clean your room you might see a significant boost in the quality AND quantity of your sleep each night.
Your room is filled to the brim with things that can distract you, and while that might be exactly what you want during the day, it’s not exactly helpful at night when your brain is trying to shut itself down and go to sleep. Apps and games on smartphones and tablets, laptops, and video games are all detrimental to your sleep, fun and engaging though they may be. To reach that ideal state of being where you can instantly fall into restful and rejuvenating sleep, try removing as many distractions as possible from your room.
With the methods detailed above, you should find a significant improvement in the quality and quantity of your sleep, although if sleep still evades you after making the necessary changes, a doctor’s opinion may be worth looking into.