When it comes to sleeping, you need the perfect conditions. If there is anything slightly out of order in your bedroom, then you will find that you could end up laying awake for quite some time. Ideally, you need a peaceful bedroom that isn’t too warm or too cold. It should also be as dark as possible as well.
We all have our own little niggles that could keep us awake at night, though. Some of us might be able to get to sleep in a slightly noisy environment, for example, while others might be able to fall asleep in broad daylight. Which are the little niggles that make it difficult for you to fall asleep? Here are some of the most common that people suffer with.
A Bright Bedroom
Don’t worry if you can’t fall asleep in a bright bedroom; there are plenty of things you can do. One of the best options you have is to hang some blackout blinds or curtains in front of your window. This will completely block out any sunlight and light from streetlamps. You’ll be able to create a pitch-black bedroom, making it much easier to fall asleep. These types of curtains are also really useful in the summer months when the evenings are lighter. It’s also worth using dark shades when you decorate your bedroom as these won’t reflect light around the room so much.
A Noisy Bedroom
Another of the main factors that can make it incredibly difficult to fall asleep is excessive noise. If your neighbors are always noisy late at night, it’s within your rights to have a chat with them and ask them to keep it down. Does your bedroom face out onto a main road? If so, then you might be plagued with noise from traffic, even late at night. If you don’t have double-glazed windows, then you should get some put into your home as this can really reduce the noise that comes in from outside. If all else fails, it could be worth investing in some earplugs.
A Lumpy Mattress
Your bed should be super comfortable. Otherwise, there is just no way you will be able to get a good night’s rest. In fact, you will probably end up waking in the mornings with a bad back. Not only can a bad mattress cause your sleep to be broken and disrupted, but it can also make it very hard to drop off in the evening. If you want to find the best mattress, it’s a good idea to look at online guides and go into your local shop to ask the store assistants for their recommendations. You should expect to pay quite a bit for a good quality mattress so remember to view it as a good investment of your cash!
The Wrong Temperature
If your bedroom is too hot or too cold, you won’t fall asleep too easily. Ideally, your bedroom should be slightly cooler than the temperature under the covers in your bed. That way, you won’t overheat while you are sleeping, which could cause you to wake up. But make sure that your bedroom isn’t too cold or else you’ll wake up shivering cold! During winter, it’s really worth placing a hot water bottle into your bed about thirty minutes before you get in. This will heat it up to a pleasant temperature for you.
Stress And Worry
Another niggle that really frustrates people at bedtime is worry. If you are going through a difficult time at home or work and are very stressed out, then you might find that you lie awake worrying when you get into bed. As your mind will be very busy with all this stress and worry, you won’t sleep very well at all. So, it’s important that you try to get to the root of all this stress and sort it out as soon as possible. You should find that winding down properly before bed can help to calm your mind and reduce your worries. You can do this by taking a warm bubble bath or reading a book just before you turn the lights out.
Aches And Pains
Have you been suffering from an injury recently? If so, then the ache and pain from the injured area could keep you wide awake once you get into bed. It’s worth taking some painkillers before you go to bed as these can relieve any discomfort that you’ve been feeling in bed. However, it’s worth making sure that you are able to take painkillers along with any other drugs that you are taking. If you aren’t too sure, you should always ask your doctor. It could also be worth placing an extra pillow under the body part that is in pain. For instance, if you have a broken leg, you can make your limb more comfortable by placing a soft pillow underneath your cast.
A Snoring Partner
Want to know what one of the biggest bedtime bugbears is for most people? It’s a snoring partner! Thankfully, there are lots of things your partner can do to reduce his or her snoring. There are special pillows that you can buy that are said to help people stop snoring while they are sleeping. One such example is the Reflex Pillow, as seen below.
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Not drinking any alcohol before you go to bed can also stop snoring. It’s also assumed that snoring can increase while someone is suffering from the common cold. So, if your partner has a cold, it’s worth getting them some cold medication so that they can get better as soon as possible! Does nothing seem to work for your partner and their snoring? If not, it’s worth them going to see their doctor. Sometimes, snoring can be a symptom of a sleep condition, such as sleep apnea. Getting the right treatment for a particular condition can help solve your snoring problem!
Once you can get rid of your specific bedtime niggles, you can start to get a better night’s sleep!
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.