5 Ways to Set the Mood for Sleep
- A Cool, Dark Room
Everyone, well almost everyone, is aware of personal hygiene—but most people don't think about sleep hygiene! Create the perfect sleep environment, and get the zzz's you deserve. The temperature and darkness is a signal to the pineal gland to kick up melatonin production and knock you out.
- No Laptops, No TV
Ideally, the bed is used for two things and two things only. If you have any other type of stimulus like work, or a TV, you're not sending your body the right message that it's time for sleep. Need more incentive to kick those late-night hosts to the living room? People who don't have a TV in the bedroom have 50 percent more sex than those who do.
- Add White Noise
Use a fan for background noise, or get one of those machines that lets you pick sounds, from the rainforest to the ocean. This drowns out the couple fighting next door and the drag races outside so your subconscious stays pristine as you count sheep.
- Dress Appropriately
The best clothing should be nonrestricting and nonallergenic (both the fabric and how it's washed). Your body is better at keeping itself hot than keeping itself cool, so you'll make it easier on yourself the fewer and looser clothes you wear.
- Establish a Standard Wake-up Time
This includes weekends! This helps reset your circadian rhythm and trains you to stay on schedule if your rhythms happen to wander, like during traveling.
Published on January 15, 2006