With our super-busy lives, constantly looking at our phones, and basic all-round chaos, sleep can sometimes evade us. But getting enough sleep is vital for overall health. Insomnia can be temporary—or it can be long-term. But regardless of how long you have to deal with it for, it’s never fun.
Turn down the temp. Most experts agree that the ideal temperature for sleep is somewhere between 60 and 72 degrees. Experiment with the thermostat to see what’s right for you. Turn off the lights. Exposure to artificial light when you’re trying to sleep isn’t just annoying—it suppresses your body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Use blackout curtains, put black tape over your clock or stereo system, or wear an eye mask if you have to.
Pick comfortable beddings and mattress. No one wants to wake up in the middle of the night in a pool of their own sweat. Stick with bedding made from natural fibres like cotton, wool, silk, bamboo, and linen. Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester that trap heat and moisture.
Keep your slumber surroundings tranquil. Your bedroom should feel like a sanctuary. Piles of clothes thrown on your bed, stacks of bills staring at you, or other random clutter will hamper you emotionally and may lead to sleep problems. A tranquil and organized space will help you feel more relaxed.