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Few things are more important than a great night's sleep. In recent years, a growing body of evidence has shown that people who sleep better are healthier and happier. One of the single most important things you can do to have a better night's sleep is a well-prepared bedroom that is designed to follow the principles of sleep hygiene. A bedroom centered around sleeping will help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep for as long as you like.

7 TIPS TO CREATING A SLEEP CENTERED BEDROOM

Keep it Simple

It may be tempting to see your bedroom as just another room in your house. You might want to use this space to write a novel or store your favorite scrapbooking supplies. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bedroom needs to serve only two purposes: intimacy and sleeping. Anything else can interfere with the process of falling asleep.

Get Rid of the Clutter

The bedroom is not your home gym or your home office. Remove as much of your stuff as possible.

When you think about your bedroom, you'll want to think about sleeping in it most of all. This is why you need to get rid of just about anything else you might associate with other activities. The bedroom is not your home gym or your home office. Remove as much of your stuff as possible.

Removing other items like your computer and any items associated with your work helps you avoid thinking about work when you're trying to fall asleep. Put the free weights in another room. Move your office desk to the kitchen. That will reduce a source of anxiety that might prevent your mind from relaxing.

Stay Dark

The body and mind associate darkness with going to bed. You need to make this happen in your bedroom. Your bedroom should have very few sources of natural or artificial light. Remove all electronics but your cell phone and alarm clock. Place the cell phone down so it isn't emitting light as you sleep. Put up black curtains and keep lighting sources to an absolute minimum. The goal to mimic your body's natural internal 24 clock and the soothing sleeping cycle that accompanies it.

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Remain Quiet

Noise is one of the biggest obstacles to a fabulous night's sleep. Sounds can prevent you from falling asleep. Noise can also get you up in the middle of the night. A pair of earplugs help you shut out the rest of the world. If you live in a noisy area with lots of traffic even at night, buy a machine that creates soothing sounds to help block out other area noises. There are apps you can use that you can adjust to your personal preferences. Set up a time to make the sounds you like the best right before you're planning to hit the sack.

Cool Bedrooms

When you sleep, your body temperature drops. This process begins about an hour before you're going to bed. Your bedroom should be cool but not cold to help this process along. Many studies have shown that people sleep best when they have a bedroom temp between60 and 67 degrees. You want to avoid a bedroom that is too hold or too cold. A light comforter can help during the winter. Air conditioning and a fan are good choices during the summer months. Sleeping in lighter clothing or the nude helps your body feel comfortable at night. When the bedroom is the right temperature, you're more likely to avoid waking up at four in the morning.

A Comfortable Bed and Bedding

You're going to spend about a third of your life sleeping. The last thing you want to do is spend it uncomfortable. Now is the time to examine your bedding. A lumpy pillow or a worn-out mattress may be getting in the way. A good mattress can help you relax and is best for your body.

If your mattress is showing signs of wear such as areas that sink or material that is thinning, it's probably time to replace it. Take the time to see what types of bedding options are available. There are many different types of mattresses that are designed for different sleeping positions. Some people might prefer to sleep on there back and someone else might be a side sleeper. That your time to understand which mattress is best for you. A good mattress with the right firmness and support makes it easy for you to avoid tossing and turning as the night goes on.

Repaint Your Bedroom

Nathalie Nicole Smith states that working hard and staying true to yourself are sure ways to win in life.

Color has a strong impact on the way people feel and think. Choose colors in your bedroom very carefully. Some colors have been shown to help you get to sleep more quickly. If you're having trouble falling asleep or want to head off sleeping problems before they begin, it may be time to rethink the colors in your bedroom right now. Cooler room colors like light green, blue and yellow have been shown to help you get a better night's sleep.

A few simple bedroom hacks can help you get to sleep and stay there.