Sleep is the time we take to recharge; think about your phone; can it work for you if its battery is drained? If we don’t get enough uninterrupted, quality sleep, most of us end up tired, groggy, and even dysfunctional throughout the day. That’s why it’s important for our slumber space to be equipped with everything conducive to a good night’s sleep.
Today we list the top five home accessories that you can try to achieve the perfect shut-eye and wake up refreshed, ready to take on the day.
1. Use Sleep Earplugs
Specialized earplugs are designed specifically to offer ear protection for sleep, canceling out noise and making a world of difference for light sleepers or people who live in a loud neighborhood. Keeping your trusty earplugs on your nightstand to use every night can significantly improve the quality of your slumber. This includes helping you enjoy the healthy sleep cycles in their natural rhythm and reach deep sleep, positively impacting your overall health.
2. Try White Noise
White noise machines and mobile apps that are now available for download (some even for free) offer an alternative to earplugs. These solutions can help you drown out the commotion as they emit steady and soothing frequencies of varying types.
An app like Sleepo allows you to choose from a collection of sounds like different ranges of rain, nature and city sounds, white noise or instruments that can even be mixed and matched for customized relaxing ambiences. In addition, you can schedule a timer that will automatically stop the application after ten minutes and up to eight hours.
3. Wear an Eye Mask
Following noise, light is probably the second environmental cause of interrupted sleep. To block out unwanted light during sleep – especially if the sun happens to rise in the early hours where you live – wearing an eye mask is the easiest way. There are many eye masks on the market with different shapes, colors, sizes and fits that can suit everyone.
4. Install Blackout Curtains
Curtains are more than aesthetic pieces; not only do they guarantee privacy, but blackout curtains offer an easy and simple way to control the lighting of the room, or block it out altogether to help you get your rest. Additionally, they help insulate the room in hot summer days, keeping the temperature of your space suitable for relaxation.
5. Choose the Right Pillow
Sleeping soundly relies heavily on a good sleeping posture, which also means waking up refreshed without pain or stiffness. To support a healthy sleep posture, you need to pick the right pillow for you, your favorite sleeping position, and your bed. Generally speaking, your pillow should be able to keep your body in alignment from the knees and hips, through the spine, to the chest and shoulders, all the way to the neck and head.
Set Up Your Space
Just as you would set up your desk to work, your dinner table to eat, and your living room to watch TV, your sleeping space needs to be set up in a way that encourages good, comfortable sleep. This is why it is so crucial to apply all the tips provided in order to genuinely enjoy a good night’s sleep. Tackle noise issues with earplugs or white noise sources; bright light with eye masks or blackout curtains; and posture problems with the right pillow, and you are sure to enjoy blissful slumber.