Your sleep environment is key to a good night’s sleep. According to Gary Zammit, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Institute in New York City, cramming too much in your bedroom is a big mistake. This includes making your bedroom an entertainment room, office or TV room, as well as thinking about work or play while in bed.
To condition your brain to associate your bed with sleep, you need to reserve your bed for sleeping only. To do this, make sure your bed, and your room, is kept clean and uncluttered. Avoid having excessive items on your bed as it could hinder your sleep. You should also avoid using electronics such as your laptops, iPads or mobile phones in bed.
For a more comfortable sleeping environment, you should also have appropriate pillows, mattresses and bedsheets. Having the right pillow can help you feel more comfortable while providing sufficient support for your neck, head, shoulders and spine. They can also help prevent back pains and neck pains. Keeping your bedroom at a temperature that is not too cold or too warm can also help you get a better night’s rest.