12 ways to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly

Need help getting to sleep? Your bedroom could be the cause of your insomnia. Here are 12 quick fixes that will make your bedroom a healthier sleeping environment

12 ways to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly

Source: Sleep to be Sexy Smart and Slim, Reader’s Digest

1. Buy a new mattress

Don’t even try to comparison shop. Every mattress in every store has a different name. And every owner of every mattress shop says that the mattresses in his shop are different—and better—than every other mattress shop on the planet. The truth is that the right mattress for you is the one that you try in your home for 30 days. Find a mattress shop that offers that option, pick out the mattress that you and your partner think is the most comfortable, make sure it has a guarantee, and flash your plastic. Don’t worry about coils and foam and luxury toppers. The mattress that allows you to sink into a deep, natural sleep and wake up in the morning without aches and pains is the one you want. And there’s only one way to find out which mattress that is.

2. Choose the right bedding

Buy silky, natural tree-fibre sheets in a soothing colour. An exquisitely soft cashmere throw for the bed. A hypoallergenic down comforter. A sunshine silk duvet cover. Pillows, pillows, and more pillows. A roll for behind your neck, a wedge for behind your back, a full-body pillow for when your bed partner is away. Hypoallergenic, of course. And don’t forget the teddy bear. You can’t sleep without one.

3. Pay attention to scent

A quick spritz of soothing lavender water on your pillows before bed will help calm your exhausted mind.

4. Chill before bed

Lower the temperature of your bedroom before you climb into bed, says Becky Wang-Cheng, M.D., a medical director at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. Lower temperatures tell your body it’s time to sleep. If your bed partner objects, just tell him to bundle up.

5. Have a bath

A hot bath also helps you lower your body’s temperature. Yeah, your temperature goes up while you’re in the bath, but your body’s response to the heat will be to drop your temperature way down low.

6. Schedule a massage

“Massage interrupts the neurohormones connected with sleeplessness and almost manually imposes sleep on you,” says therapist Belleruth Naparstek, M.S. “If you can’t afford a massage, go to a massage school” for a good massage at a bargain price.

7. Put your needs first

Women aren’t used to nurturing themselves or putting themselves first. But sleep is so necessary to health and happiness that you have to do it. If the dog’s snoring wakes you up, then put him in another room. If your partner’s snoring wakes you up, help him get treatment. If he refuses to cooperate, put him in another room, too.

8. Shut the drapes

You sleep better in the dark. If your eyelids flutter open as you move from one stage of sleep to another, even streetlights or a full moon can wake you up.

9. Ditch the night-lights

You can also get rid of the clock radios with lighted displays. It turns out your brain can misinterpret even such dim lights and wonder if it should wake you up. “Dark inhibits the brain’s biological clock,” says Dr. Yan-Go. It tells your brain it’s time to sleep.

10. Pull on socks

There’s no solid explanation for it, but studies have found that wearing socks to bed helps you sleep. It may be that warming your feet and legs allows your internal body temperature to drop.

11. Ignore the clock

Turn your clock’s face or digital readout away so you can’t see it. We wake slightly throughout the night. A glimpse of your clock—and the realization that you have to get up soon—is enough to jolt you out of sleep and keep you out.

12. Sleep naked

It’s easier to adjust your comfort zone with sheets and blankets you can pull up or throw off rather than a long nightgown or a pair of fleece pajamas, says neurologist Charles J. Bae, M.D., a sleep specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center. The idea is to make the adjustment in a way that rouses you from sleep the least.

Don’t miss out! Sign up for our free weekly newslettersand get nutritious recipes, healthy weight-loss tips, easy ways to stayin shape and all the health news you need, delivered straight to yourinbox.

Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy


Fitness: Are you participating in N+TC week?

If you've been following me on Twitter, you know that this week I'm taking on the Nike+ Training Club challenge. The goal is to complete a workout from the N+TC app every day this week. I'm three days in and so far so good. You can join me by … [Read More...]


What erectile dysfunction says about his health

Source: Best Health Magazine, Summer 2009About half of men over the age of 40 experience some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED). And with ED affecting five to 10 percent of men under 40, it can happen sooner than you might expect.ED is defined as … [Read More...]


Our best healthy muffin recipes

Source: Web exclusive: February 2009Our best healthy muffin recipes Peach Streusel MuffinsChunks of fresh peach and crunchy pecans add flavour and nutrition to these delicious streusel-topped muffins. Breakfast Muffins Perfect for breakfast, these … [Read More...]


Can cats and dogs catch a cold from you?

Source: Best Health Magazine, May 2011 Can cats and dogs get colds and flu? Yes (but it's not always the human kind). For cats and dogs, the symptoms can be sneezing, weakness, and nose and eye discharge. (These can also be signs of allergies and … [Read More...]


Avocado and Chicken Club Sandwich

Source: Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader's Digest CanadaIngredients12 slices multi-grain bread5 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise110 g iceberg lettuce, finely shredded110 g cooked chicken breasts, skin removed, sliced4 slices prosciutto, about 50 … [Read More...]