How well you sleep depends a great deal on how deep you're into your comfort zone. That comfort zone includes several factors, including a firm mattress and a pillow suited to your individual taste.
Noise is also a consideration. Noisy neighbors. Barking dogs. The honking and screeching of traffic. Any and all of these can keep you awake. One way of controlling noise is to use earplugs and some places even offer these free. Or you could try listening to soothing music or taped nature sounds.
Lighting is another factor. Although it is possible to sleep with a light on, a deeper and more relaxing sleep can be attained if the bedroom is dark or the light is very dim. A flashing neon sign outside your window, or the strobe-like effects of passing headlights is enough to give you a restless, if not a sleepless night. Drapes or blinds can reduce the glare, or try a padded night mask over your eyes.
But, in the summer months, the big sleep disturber is the temperature. It's hard to sleep when you're so hot, even without any blankets. Several ways exist to combat this. One of the best is the breeze from an open window, but often other factors prohibit this - noise, dust, and those tiny bugs that can creep through the finest screen.
An air conditioner is a plus, but don't turn it too high. It's just as hard to sleep when you're shivering as when you are sweating. A fan is also a big help, and, incidentally, a fan can help with noise problems as well, producing "white noise."
Published On: July 20, 2010