Does Your Sleeping Environment Look Like This?

sleep Jun 28, 2018

How much sleep we get makes a big difference in our overall health. Prolonged sleep deprivation or poor quality of sleep can increase our body weight and also make us at higher risk for heart disease and other chronic diseases. One way to help us get enough sleep is to set up an inviting sleep environment.

What does an inviting sleeping environment look like?

  • Make sure to keep your bedroom at an appropriate temperature: 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit! If it’s too hot, it will be much more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Is your mattress getting old? A good mattress can make all the difference when it comes to a good night’s sleep! According to sleepbetter.org, the average mattress lasts ~7 years before it needs to be replaced.
  • If you don’t have dark shades in your bedroom, think about trying them out! Too much light in your bedroom can make sleep difficult. If you don’t want to buy darkening shades/blinds, try making your own with cardboard and aluminum foil.
  • Only use your bed for sleeping! You want your brain to associate your bed with sleep, so make sure you don't work, study, etc. on your bed...save it for sleep.

Remember, sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle!

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