This is the continuation of the Better Bedroom Series, where we help you design a bedroom that creates the best possible sleep environment. If you’re just joining us you can take a look at the beginning of the series here. If you’ve been with us along the way, then thank you for reading! We hope you’re finding the advice helpful and hopefully you’re using our tips to help get a better night’s sleep.
Last week we talked about bedroom lighting, which can cause some major disruptions to your sleep. Today we’re focusing on another major sleep disrupter: sound. Just like with all the other section in the Better Bedroom Series, everyone is different when it comes to what helps them sleep. Some people need absolute quiet while others need a little noise to lull them to sleep. Either way we’ve got some sound advice for you.
If you are a person who needs silence to drift off to sleep then make sure all noise-making culprits are out of the room. This includes electronics like cell phones, laptops and TV’s. By removing these items from your room, you lessen the risk of them making any noises that might prevent you from falling asleep or cause you to wake up during the night.
Some people, on the other hand, need a little noise to fall asleep. Those people should focus on things that emit a low, steady sound. Something as simple as an air purifier or fan could be just what you need. These items tend to become background noise after you have fallen asleep and won’t disturb your sleep cycle. Music can help put you to sleep but be sure to choose soothing melodies and use a timer to shut off the music after you’ve fallen asleep. This will keep the music from waking you during the night.
We’ve all had those nights where you can’t seem to fall asleep no matter how hard you try. You should never stay in bed trying to get to sleep for longer than 20 minutes. If you continue to lie in bed for longer than that you will start to associate your bed with sleeplessness. It’s better to get up and find a calm, quiet activity to engage in, like reading. This will help relax your body and keep you from stressing about actually falling asleep.
As stated earlier, every person is different. It might take some trial and error to determine whether you sleep better in a silent room or need light music to lull you to sleep. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sleep environments in order to find the one that best fits you. Check back here on Thursday as we talk about the importance of making your room cool. (Literally!)
Time is also running out to share your sleep tips with us. We’ve already featured some awesome tips from our readers on our Twitter stream, but there’s still room for yours. Leave your best sleep trick in the comments below.