Create a Comfortable Environment
Bright colors in the bedroom may have an impact on your ability to fall asleep easily. It’s important to decorate a bedroom with what are considered cool colors. These include blues and greens. It’s recommended to keep the bedroom as dark as possible when it’s time to sleep. This means all TVs, computers, and cell phones are turned off and out of sight when it’s time to go to bed. It may be difficult for some people to set the phone out of sight, but having it nearby can add unnecessary stress. It may also help to cover the clock in the bedroom. Looking at it throughout the night and seeing how many hours are left to sleep can cause extra worry and agitation. Keeping the bedroom on the cool side can make it easier to sleep. While the best temperature for the home during the day is considered to be 72 degrees, keeping the bedroom several degrees cooler at night may help improve sleep.
Natural Sleep Medicines
There are a variety of over-the-counter natural sleep remedies that are normally not habit forming. Valerian is an herbal remedy that can be purchased in most herbal and health stores. It’s considered a natural sedative and can be drank as a tea. Chamomile, which is not usually considered as strong as Valerian, is a natural sedative that can help you relax. Chamomile also can be drank as a tea and is a good muscle relaxer. Melatonin can help induce sleep and can be taken in supplement form. It can also be found naturally in some of the foods we eat. Cherries are considered a good source of melatonin.