by Kristyn Kusek Lewis 

Is your bedroom sabotaging your Zzzs? Fix the top 5 culpritsby Kristyn Kusek Lewisby Kristyn Kusek LewisEvery time my husband and I board a plane, the same thing happens: We find our seats, settle in with our books and magazines, and before anyone has a chance to offer us a cold beverage, he's fast asleep. Meanwhile, I can only glare at him–wide-awake with envy. I can't sleep on planes. Or trains. Or in any room not equipped with a not too-soft, not too-firm mattress and kept at the perfect temperature. And if I don't clock in my required Zzzs, I am not a very happy camper.

Every time my husband and I board a plane, the same thing happens: We find our seats, settle in with our books and magazines, and before anyone has a chance to offer us a cold beverage, he's fast asleep. Meanwhile, I can only glare at him–wide-awake with envy. I can't sleep on planes. Or trains. Or in any room not equipped with a not too-soft, not too-firm mattress and kept at the perfect temperature. And if I don't clock in my required Zzzs, I am not a very happy camper.I don't hold out much hope I'll ever be able to conk out on an airplane, but experts say that a few simple changes in my bedroom could help me sleep a lot better. And I'm feeling motivated–turns out that my fussy sleeper personality could make me sick.

Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine recently found that consistently not getting a good night's rest can have a serious impact on my immune system, making me more prone to colds, infections, and serious conditions such as diabetes. Here are some simple changes that can turn any bedroom into a den of sweet dreams. Try them in yours–tonight.

You keep a messy pile of papers on your nightstand…
…and your desk…and the floor.

A cluttered sleep environment makes for a cluttered mind–the kind that churns well into the night. Stress is the number one cause of short-term sleep problems such as frequent middle-of-the-night waking and insomnia, according to the American Psychological Association.

Fix IT.

Filed under Sleep Disorders, All About Sleep, Sleep Research and News, Sleep Remedies by SleepyBill.
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