Sleep Well Blog
1-minute tip: Your bedroom and good sleep
Today, we begin sharing with you quick-read sleep tips that get straight to the point. In this entry, we give you some things to consider when setting up your bedroom for good sleep.
How you set up your bedroom sets you up for good sleep
Ensuring that your bedroom is a comforting, calming environment that is reserved for sleep is actually a key strategy used as part of cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). However, you do not need to have insomnia to start using it. In fact, doing so along with employing other sleep hygiene strategies promotes good sleep, essentially lessening the risk of developing insomnia in the first place.
Essentially, you want to make sure that you associate your bedroom, especially your bed, with sleep.
Consequently, avoid working, watching television, playing video games, or scrolling through social media while in your bedroom, especially when on your bed. In addition to considering what you do
in your bedroom, consider its physical environment. Is there noise pollution? Is it time for you to invest in a new, quality mattress? Is the temperature of your bedroom conducive to good sleep? Are you exposing yourself to light before you go to sleep? Are you exposed to ambient light when asleep? In fact, this last issue, of being exposed to ambient light, was recently found to be associated with increased insulin levels and cardiometabolic disease.
Basically, set up your sleep environment right, and you will set yourself up for a good night's rest.