While the exact biological purpose of sleep remains one of science’s great mysteries, what is clear is that sleep is the most critical contributor to a human being’s mental, physical, emotional, and immunological health. The quantity and quality of your life are directly proportional to the quantity and quality of your sleep. So here are three steps to help improve your sleeping environment.
1) Choose a Good Mattress
You will spend a third of your life in bed, so make it a wonderful place to be. Consistent with the importance of the task at hand, choose quality when investing in bedding for yourself and your family.
When shopping for bedding, consider the additional purchase of a weighted blanket. Studies and testimonials suggest that this addition to your bedding can enhance sleep quality.
Mattresses (and pillows) should be firm and supportive. Individuals who predominantly sleep on their stomachs may need a slightly firmer mattress to help with spinal alignment, while those that spend more time on their backs may benefit from more plush contouring. Regardless, mattresses should be flipped semiannually (pillows daily) to limit sagging and extend useful product life.
2) Turn Off the Lights
Light is detrimental to sleep, so perhaps…
- Turn off (or completely hide) all forms of light emitters.
- Use light-blocking curtains.
Wear a personal eye mask. Our choice: https://www.amazon.com/WAOAW-Sleep-Sleeping-Blocking-Blindfold/dp/B09712FSLY
3) Eliminate Blue Light
Anything containing blue light inhibits the release of melatonin (the hormone responsible for inducing sleep). Blue light sources include computers, televisions, digital clocks, nightlights, iPhones, laptops, and iPads. Turn off all such sources. Additionally, limit the use of blue light-emitting devices before bedtime.