Makeover Your Dorm to Get a Better Night's Sleep
Did you know that the way your room is arranged can affect how well you sleep? Dr. Michael J. Breus, sleep expert and author of the book Beauty Sleep, has some advice on how to give your dorm room a makeover to get a better night’s sleep.
Light is the one of the most important factors in getting a good night’s sleep, because light is a major factor in regulating your circadian rhythm. If your windows admit unnatural sources of light, like from street lamps, cover the windows with a light-blocking curtain or shooed when you go to bed. During the evening, try to use no more than 300 watts of light at once, and when you sleep no more than 65 watts. That means you should turn off all those electronics that have constant blinking lights (this does not apply to fire alarms or carbon monoxide sensors). Make sure your bed is facing away from the west, so that morning sunlight won’t wake you up too early.
Sound, obviously, is a contributor to a good night’s sleep. When you sleep, your sense of sounds actually becomes more acute because your brain is not receiving other sources of stimuli. While you can’t control the noises in the hall, you can consider getting a white noise machine. Ear plugs are another way to block sound if you don’t find them too uncomfortable. Consider getting a vibrating alarm clock that won’t wake up your roommate, he or she might even return the favor.
Survey your bed. Dorm room beds are notoriously uncomfortable. A good mattress pad is a worthy investment, as are comfortable sheets. Your body temperature drops, so be sure to get a warm comforter. Lastly, pick a pillow that’s right for you, and gives plenty of neck support. If you wake up with a stiff or sore neck, try a different pillow.
Via The Huffington Post.
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