Do you have a love-hate relationship with the Sandman? If you're like a lot of people, you aren't always getting a full night of sweet beauty sleep -- a new National Sleep Foundation poll shows that about 41 percent of people report problems with tossing and turning at least a few nights a week.
So what's keeping you up with the moon and the stars? It just might be your bedroom! According to the poll results, bedroom environment is critical to the quality of your sleep. "Your bedroom is your sleep sanctuary," Joseph M. Ojile, MD, board member of the National Sleep Foundation and founder and CEO of Clayton Sleep Institute in St Louis, MO, tells HealthySELF.
Based on the poll results, here are five ways to make sure your bedroom lulls you to sleep at night:
Another factor that Dr. Ojile brings up is technology, from desktop computers to iPhones and BlackBerries. "Get technology out of the bedroom! It's extremely disruptive," he says -- from the bright light of the screen to the cognitive distraction of wanting to reply to emails or texts. Got that? Out!
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