Sleep is indeed one of life’s pleasurable and refreshing psychological behaviours and on average makes up a third of one’s lifetime. But while sleep is important, it often becomes an elusive luxury for those many, most especially those under stress.
The current pandemic crisis has caused people to lose sleep, particularly those transitioning to a new work environment and quarantine restrictions that disrupted everyday life.
Everyone needs to make every effort to adapt to this situation and move forward, which is why staying healthy by keeping immune systems strong helps reduce the risk of catching the disease. A key to this is to get good and enough sleep.
Other than the psychological causes of losing sleep, another major factor could be your sleeping environment that could affect your ability to get quality sleep.
Here are some practical ideas to consider when improving your sleeping environment;
Free up space
You must clear any clutter in the bedroom to help you relax and keep you safe from obstructions that could cause you to trip over in the dark.
Almost everyone gets to wake up in the middle of the night for a quick bathroom trip and having items sprawling around the bedroom floor could be dangerous as it could cause injuries.
Dedicate your bedroom for rest and sleep
As much as possible, make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep so removing any equipment such as workout equipment, toys, or gadgets can help immensely in removing distractions that could cause you to lack proper and adequate sleep.
If your bedroom has a desk that doubles as your workspace, you could find it more prudent to take it out and find another area outside the bedroom as your alternative work area.
Make it cool and comfy
A key to good quality sleep is having a cool and comfortable environment in the bedroom. Studies have shown that a temperature range of 17 to 22 degrees centigrade provides an optimal sleep environment.
Cooling fans, airconditioning units, and an open window in colder areas can help achieve optimal sleep conditions.
Take advantage of sleep aids
Do you live in a busy area and cannot get good silence during your sleep time? You may try using some sleep aids such as using ergonomic earplugs to achieve silence come sleeping time.
If your bedroom does not get enough window cover or with light shining through due to being situated close to a street lamp post, it would be ideal to use comfortable eye masks to shut out the glare.
There are also other ways to promote better sleep, such as reading a book before retiring, meditating, or a quick hot shower before going to bed. Do what you feel you can to help you sleep better.
It is important that you get good and enough sleep to strengthen your immune system to stay healthy and avoid the risk of catching the disease.