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Make Your Bedroom What It Was Designed For: Sleep

By Stephen R. Farris

Is your bedroom the room where dreams are made, or is it just another room. What I mean is, most bedrooms become a catch-all combination of home office space, or a place to binge watch television shows or movies. 

Some people even keep a mini refrigerator or have their washer and dryer in their bedroom. In other words, it's a room for everything besides a place to get a comfortable night's sleep.

When your bedroom doesn't allow you to get the rest you need, it can lead to tossing and turning during the night, or feeling sluggish when you get up in the mornings, or even lead to health problems.

Maybe it's time to actually make your bedroom into the room it was meant for. Sleep. Deep, restful sleep. The kind where you actually feel energized when you get up in the morning and helps you get through the day without needing an afternoon nap.

Here are a few tips that could help you turn your bedroom into the room of pleasant dreams.

Find the Right Mattress for You

The right mattress can make a huge difference in getting a restful sleep at night. Mattresses have come a long way since your grandparent's feather bed. Thinking back, it was way too soft. Some people prefer to sleep on their side, while others find comfort sleeping on their back, or on their belly. The good news is that there are plenty of mattresses on the market these days that can provide the comfort you want and are built to reduce pressure on your spine, regardless of which position you sleep in. The best thing to do, when purchasing a new mattress, is to visit a mattress store and try some out.

Room Temperature

Room temperature plays an important role in your sleep. If it's too hot, then you'll sweat during the night, which could lead to more tossing and turning. Medical experts suggest keeping your bedroom at a cooler temperature at night. The ideal temperature, according to studies, is 65 degrees. You can keep it cooler by a few degrees if you like.


Distractions can range from watching or leaving the TV on, to looking at your phone screen right before going to sleep. Distractions can keep your mind buzzing, making it difficult to fall to sleep. If this goes on, you might try turning off your television, computer, shutting down your smartphone at least an hour before you go to sleep. This will help your mind gradually shut down, making sleep possible much sooner.

The bottom line is to get better sleep at night so your health won't suffer down the road.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clarksville, Tenn.

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