A good night's rest is important to your health, both physically and psychologically. Waking up after a restful night's sleep, you are better prepared for the challenges of the day. Good sleep habits and a comfortable environment play an important role in how well you rest. Distractions such as noise, light, and even an uncomfortable or worn-out mattress can contribute to a lack of sleep. It is important to realize the value of sleep and the factors that can affect your health.
Mattress and Foundation
It should be obvious that your mattress needs to be comfortable for you to sleep well. The old myth that a firm mattress is necessary for a healthy back is just that - an old myth. If you are not comfortable when sleeping because your mattress is too hard, sags, leans, or doesn’t provide even support while conforming to your body shape, you need a new mattress. Don’t neglect the foundation, either. A poor foundation can damage your mattress and prevent a good mattress from providing the consistent support you need to rest comfortably on your bed. Also, make sure that your mattress is large enough to give you a comfortable amount of space.
Lighting, whether artificial or natural, is a very powerful cue to the brain that it is time to wake up. Restful sleep requires a dark environment. Outside lights or the early sunrise which seeps through the windows, a brightly lit alarm clock or reflected light from another room can all interfere with rest and should be minimized.
Sudden noises can disrupt sleep. Steady, low sounds like the sound of a fan or an air conditioner are often soothing because they help block out other noises.
The ideal bedroom temperature is 60°-65° Fahrenheit or 16°-18° Celsius, but this varies from person to person. An uncomfortable temperature will cause you to spend valuable sleep time trying to stay warm or cool instead of resting.