Make Your Apartment Bedroom Rest-Friendly
How much rest do you get per night? Getting enough rest can have a profound number of benefits to your overall health. According to Summit Medical Group, getting your recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night can help boost your immune system, and could prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. If you find yourself tossing and turning on a regular basis, here are a few of our favorite suggestions to improve your sleep quality.
Turn Off Your Phone!
You may set multiple alarms on your phone to wake up in the morning, but phone use before bed can be affecting your sleep. According to a study from the Harvard Business Review, using a phone before bed can lead to higher anxiety, thus leading to phone use throughout the night. Smartphones also emit blue light that can stimulate daylight within the mind. Turn off your phone an hour or two before going to sleep. If you find that you are receiving multiple notifications throughout the night, make sure to put your phone on do not disturb mode.
Exercise Early in the Day
Even if you don’t have a fitness center where you live, you can still exercise in your apartment. Workouts have been proven to lead to better sleep at night, and more energy throughout the day. Try to get your workout in before you eat dinner to ensure that you don’t interrupt any sleep patterns. It can be anything from strength training to a simple twenty-minute walk. Every little bit helps!
Lower Your Bedroom’s Temperature
According to a study featured in the Wall Street Journal, 65 degrees is the optimal sleeping temperature. The study also mentions that body temperatures should drop about two to three degrees before falling asleep. When it’s not summer, open up the windows and let some cool air in! If you don’t have climate controls within your apartment, add a fan to your bedroom to ensure you’re getting enough cool air for a good night’s sleep.
Examine Your Mattress & Pillows
Mattresses will usually last you around seven to eight years. If you find yourself with back pain everyday when you wake up, or you find lumps in certain spots, try rotating it first into another direction. If you still find that you’re still in pain when waking up, it might be time to purchase a new one.
Pillows will usually last anywhere between one and two years. If you find that you are waking up congested, it may be time to change out your sheets and wash them. Give it a “fluff test” to see whether or not the pillow is completely flat. If you do find that your pillows are flat, it may be time to replace them.