Physicians agree that the average person needs to get about eight hours of sleep every night. The problem is that in this day and age, not many people have such a luxury. In fact, various studies have shown that most people simply don’t get enough sleep.
The reasons why people aren’t getting enough sleep are numerous, including stress, physical or mental issues, and so on. Still, in most cases, the lack of sleep comes as a result of an environment that’s not very sleep-friendly.
To make sure you get your eight hours of sleep every night, you will have to make some adjustments in your bedroom. Here are five things you’ll have to throw out of there in order to ensure better sleep quality.
1. Electronics (TVs/Computers/Smartphones)
You can say that the purpose of television is to distract you. Whether it’s a movie or some reality TV program that’s on, it can keep you awake all night. It’s basically the same case with computers and smartphones. So, instead of letting them keep you awake, it’s best to keep them far away from you.
On top of everything, staring at the screen of a computer or a smartphone can result in the so-called digital eyestrain. This is a term that refers to a number of different problems, one of which is insomnia.
2. Food & Drinks
While trying to fall asleep, your mind may wonder anywhere. And if there are food and drink in the bedroom, that’s the route your subconscious might pick. Eating at late hours can be bad not only for your waistline but also for the quality of the sleep. According to sleep experts, it’s best to have an early dinner, at least 3-4 hours before going to bed.
When it comes to drinking, you should follow basically the same rule. Sure, it’s important to keep your body hydrated, but drinking too much would mean getting up in the middle of the night to go to toilet.
You may think that letting your dog or cat sleep in the same room as you would be a good idea, but it’s just the opposite. These animals are crepuscular creatures. What this means is that their internal clock is set in a way that they get most active just before the dawn. And that’s exactly the time when you’re fast asleep.
Of course, not all animals are like this. Some could definitely help you with your sleep issues. For instance, putting a fish tank in the bedroom might be a good idea for several reasons. First of all, watching fish swim can be really relaxing, helping you switch your focus from every day worries. Secondly, the soothing noise that the filters and air pumps make can help you get sleepy pretty fast.
4. Books & Magazines
You may think that reading a book before going to sleep would make your eyes tired, thus helping you fall asleep faster. You may be right, but only if the book isn’t too exciting. Reading a Stephen King novel before bed, however, would make a completely opposite effect.
Healthy night sleep is important both for your mental and for your physical health. This is why a number of big sports teams, including Real Madrid, are using special sleep chambers designed to ensure their athletes get proper rest before big matches.
What’s interesting about these chambers is that they’re basically regular bedrooms with minimalistic interior design. There’s nothing in the room that would make the athlete distracted. And you should definitely consider doing the same. Your bedroom shouldn’t be a place for clutter. Instead, a comfy bed is all you need in there.