Check your sleep surroundings

Danielle Reysen

Your five senses (touch, eye, sound, light, smell) make a difference in how well you sleep. Do a walk through your bedroom.  Are you set up to appeal to your senses?  "Our environments have just as much to do with a restful night sleep as our bodies preparation for slumber," says Danielle Reysen of the Agnesian HealthCare Sleep Center.

The National Sleep Foundation has some recommendations:

  • Many sleep experts say that a cool room, somewhere around 65 degrees, makes for the best sleep, and research backs this notion
  • Light and darkness are powerful cues that tell your body it's time to rest, or get you ready for a productive day. So it's no surprise that light in the bedroom (as well as light peeking in from outside) has an impact on the quality of your sleep
  • If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, creating a constant ambient sound could help mask activity from inside and outside the house.
  • In a recent Bedroom Poll, more than three fourths of people said they are more excited to go to bed when the sheets have a fresh scent, and roughly three quarters of people say they get a more comfortable night's sleep on sheets with fresh scent.
  • Yes, there are certain foods that could promote better sleep, but the best choice overall is to eat lightly before bed (if at all) and avoid alcohol or stimulants like caffeine. Save larger, protein-rich meals for breakfast and lunch when your body needs the daytime energy.
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What do you do to create a pleasant sleep environment?

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