An estimated 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders or deprivation. While feeling drowsy after a night of tossing and turning is tough, the impact of sleep on our overall well-being is much greater. "We've really moved from thinking about sleep as a luxury to thinking about it as a need and something that we need to prioritize in our daily lives in order to be as mentally and physically healthy as we can," says Natalie Dautovich, the National Sleep Foundation's Environmental Scholar.
Poor sleep has been associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and compromised immune system functioning. It can also do a number on your mental state, making you more negative and irritable. One of the biggest factors affecting sleep quality is the condition of a person's bedroom. Dautovich says the best bedrooms for sleep are general those that are dark, quiet, cool, and comfortable. These days there are many different products out there that may get you the right bedroom for your sleep needs. Here are some of the most popular products and how they may help.
Gradual Lighting Alarms
Sitting up late at night with TV, computer, and phone screens in our face can wreak havoc on our sleep. "Light is very important for sleep and is really the dominant cue that helps in training our circadian system, which regulates sleep and wake," says Dautovich. Our bodies are designed to be up and active when it's light and resting when it's dark. That also means that we're programmed to start waking up when the sun rises. For that reason, alarms that gradually get brighter as it gets closer to our wake up time may work well for some people. Philip's Wake-Up Light ($100) is a favorite among proponents of progression light clocks.