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What’s Stopping You From Getting To Sleep At Night

There are few conundrums that can be as much of a pain in the neck as a lack of sleep, often literally. Sleep deprivation causes both emotional and mental stress, contributing to more than just a bad mood, but physical pain in the neck, back, and joints, too. Of course, you don’t need to be told that a lack of sleep is unpleasant, you need solutions. Here are some things that might be stopping you from getting the sleep that you need.

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Your bed isn’t comfortable

The first place to start is to look at the bed itself. If you can’t get comfortable in it, then obviously it’s going to be hard to get into the restful mode that lets sleep come easily. The first place to start is with the mattress. Buying the perfect mattress differs from person to person, depending on the position that you sleep in and how soft or firm you prefer it. However, the sheets and bedding also make a big difference. Ensure that your bedding is non-abrasive against the skin and breathable, not just soft.

The outside is getting in

Some people like a little white noise to sleep but, in most cases, the quieter and darker the bedroom is, the better. However, if noise pollution is getting into the bedroom, it’s hard to attain the feeling that you want. A draft excluder at the bottom of the door can help but if noise is coming from the outdoors, you might want to consider looking at window installation near you. If there is light peeking into the bedroom at night, you may want to consider changing your window treatments for blackout blinds or heavier curtains, too.

The bedroom is too hot or cold

If you’re not in the right climate to get comfortable, then it is going to be a lot more difficult to fall to sleep. If you’re too cold, then getting more blankets with materials better at retaining heat and more comfortable nightwear can help. If it’s too hot, it can be harder to combat. Strategic placement of fans can help, but you might also want to look into options like buying a cooling mattress that can help you chill just in time to fall asleep.

A lack of bedtime routine

It’s not just the bedroom itself that affects your sleep, but often what you do right before you go inside it. Blue light is one of the biggest culprits behind poor sleep quality for a lot of people. You should not have any screens, monitors, or TVs on in the bedroom before you’re going to sleep and, in fact, spending the last 40 minutes of your evening without this light can help you a lot. Otherwise, it’s a good idea just to give yourself some time to relax and get into a restful mode of being before you get into bed.

If you’re not sure which of the above is making your sleep much less restful and fulfilling, then it might be worth making all of the changes.

Heather Brummett

I am Heather Brummett . I'm just a real mom, sharing my real life experiences with the world. Thank you for being a part of my world. Here you will find recipes, crafts, fun ideas for the kids, how to work at home, encouragement, inspiration, and the latest news in and around Houston. To be featured or for information on freelance work contact me at [email protected]

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