Getting quality sleep is tied to so many things: heart health, a healthy weight, and stress levels, to name a few. Yet people still struggle with getting a good night's rest and are often their own worst enemies. See what three items you may have in your bedroom that are keeping you from getting the quality sleep you deserve.
- Ditch the tech: These days, people are tethered to their iPads, smartphones, and laptops — up until the minute they hit the hay. Unfortunately, using these devices at night can affect the quality of sleep a person receives. The light these devices emit stimulate the brain, making it harder for the body to unwind, relax, and sense that it's time for bed. If you need a nighttime ritual to send you on your way, opt for a book.
- Say good-bye to the TV: While the light from a TV isn't as stimulating to the body as tech devices, keeping a television in your bedroom can still impact the quality of sleep in a negative way. Your body stays stimulated long beyond the time you need shut-eye, all in the name of a late-night movie marathon. Even if you do manage to fall asleep with the TV on, think about those nights you've been woken up at an odd hour from the lights or sound it continues to emit.
- Your desk doesn't belong: The bedroom is a place to relax, and the idea of work is not conducive to winding down. Keeping a desk in your room may encourage you to work later than you should or create anxiety because it's a visual reminder of the unfinished project still hanging over your head. If space is an issue in your home, keep the bedroom workspace tucked away or out of your line of sight when lying in bed.