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.
Dautovich says that a noiseless night is best for sleep. Since this is not possible for many of us, she says the sounds we really need to eliminate are the ones that are unpredictable. That means getting rid of typical sleep disruptors – like ambulances or a slamming door – but also music, which is better for preparing to sleep rather than keeping you snoozing. If you do have unavoidable sounds encroaching on your sleep, try a white noise machine. Marpac's Dohm ($60) is National Sleep Foundation recommended and an old favorite.