Are you getting enough sleep? Chances are that you aren’t, and it is affecting your health and well-being. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness that is severe enough to interfere with daily activities.
The problem may not be with you, but with your bedroom. It may simply be keeping you awake. Identity these common bedroom problems and make the small changes needed in order to get a good night’s sleep, ASAP.
That small green light on your clock, the amber one on your charging unit, or any electronic glow can trick your brain into thinking it is time to be awake, leading to less restful sleep. Remove the electronic devices from your bedroom, or at least use black tape to block the light they admit.
Although you can’t see them, your bedroom is probably crawling with thousands of dust mites that think your drapery, bedding and pillows are a virtual amusement park, where they get to hang out and eat your dead skin flakes. If that isn’t enough in itself to keep you awake at night, consider the fact that these dust mites cause allergies that interrupt sleep.
To get rid of the buggies, vacuum thoroughly with a unit that contains a HEPA filter, and wash and change your drapes and bedding often. Tossing your bedroom pillows into the dryer on high for 15 minutes will kill dust mites.
Finally, put a hypoallergenic protective cover on your mattress.
The Refrigerator Hum
While you might think you are used to the background noises inside and outside of your home, you may be wrong. Even in the quiet, the intermittent hum of the refrigerator or a dripping faucet could invade your bedroom and keep you up at night.
Take steps to eliminate the noise, close your bedroom door at night, use a white noise machine for steady sound, or apply earplugs.
Forgetting to Flip
You can get more support from your mattress, as well as extend its life when you make it a habit to regularly flip and rotate your mattress. Forgetting to flip may just be the cause of your tossing and turning.
If this does not solve the problem, consider doing a little mattress shopping. Try out several different mattress brands and types, and invest some time in choosing a quality mattress that will work for you.