Friday, February 18, 2011
1. Noise Control
Creating "white noise" with a fan or air conditioner can block outside disturbances. It can also be very soothing. Heavy curtains, double-pane windows, and rugs are also good ways to block and absorb noice. And when all else fails, there are always earplugs.
2. Go Green!
Keep plants or flowers around your bedroom. They can have a calming effect.
3. Use Blackout Shades
Bright lights can disturb your sleep and wake you up before you are ready. Keep your bedroom dark. Consider light-blocking shades, lined drapes, or even an eye mask.
4. Avoid Bright Clocks
Watching the time pass when you can't fall asleep can cause extra anxiety. You may get frustrated by how long it's taking you to fall asleep or by how little time you have before you have to get up. The extra light doesn't help either.
5. Consider a humidifier/dehumidifier
If your sleep environment is too dry, you'll know it. Awakening with a sore throat, dryness in your nose, or even a nose bleed are signs of too little humidity. On the other hand, if excess humidity is bothering you, you can also get a dehumidifier.
6. What makes a good pillow?
Like a mattress, what makes a good pillow is different for each person. What's important is that is supports the natural curve of your neck. Choose what feels most comfortable to you based on its firmness and thickness. If you're prone to allergies, consider feather pillows - research shows that synthetic pillows generally hold a greater amount of bacteria, which can trigger your allergies.
7. What makes a good mattress?
There isn't much published research on mattresses, so the best advice is to look for one that comfortably supports your shoulders, hips, and lower back. The average life expectancy for a good quality mattress is between 9 and 10 years. After that, it may not provide proper support. When buying a new mattress, spend at least 15 minutes testing each disply mattress out before deciding which one feels the best to you.