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What is an Ideal Sleep Environment?

Sleep is incredibly important to the healing process of recovery. In early sobriety, adequate sleep can mean the difference between being able to actively engage in our recovery program or feeling too run-down, tired, and sluggish to care about our journey of sobriety. Sleep has major benefits to our mental, physical, and spiritual health that can be very valuable in our recovery. One of the first steps we can take to ensuring that we are getting the best possible sleep is to create an environment that is conducive to sleep.

The first thing that can easily affect our ability to obtain restful sleep is the amount of light in our bedroom. Too much light can have a major negative impact on our ability to fall and stay asleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, “Artificial light after dark can send wake-up messages to the brain, suppressing the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. In fact, a recent study showed that even bright room light could have this chemical effect. And early sunrays begin to activate the body and can cause some of us to rise before we’re ready.” Cutting off unnatural light sources in our bedrooms can mean the difference between a good and a restless night of sleep.

Sound can also be a major factor in determining our ability to get an adequate amount of sleep. The Sleep Doctor explains, “Our relationship to nighttime sounds can be complicated. Some sounds are disruptive, while others can be comforting and sleep-inducing. The quieter your bedroom is, the more sensitive your hearing will become. Sometimes a too-quiet bedroom can pose problems for sleep, just as a noisy one can.” For some, complete silence may be best. For others, their sleep quality can be improved with the use of a white noise machine or relaxing sounds of nature.

Other factors to consider are any smells in our bedrooms that may be disruptive, the temperature of our sleep environment, and what we eat or drink before bed. Clean sheets, a comfortable mattress and pillow, and comfortable sleepwear can all improve our sleep quality. In fact, according to the Sleep Foundation, “over 90 percent of people said a comfortable mattress and pillows are important to the sleep experience. But more than three quarters of people also believe that the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding are important to a good night’s rest, and 62 percent said that a clean bedroom makes the difference.” All of these aspects can be taken into account as we create the most suitable sleep environment for us.

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