4 Little Known Factors that Affect Your Sleep

April 06, 2017

At Riley’s Real Wood Furniture of Eugene, Oregon, we know a thing or two about getting a good night’s sleep. We have spent years trying to improve the restfulness of our customers through our amazingly comfortable bedroom furniture and mattresses. Here are some little known albeit important components that can affect your sleep. 

Temperature

Your body temperature plays a very important role before and during slumber. As nighttime approaches, your body temperature dips, and this signals your brain that bedtime is approaching. While you are asleep, your body heat rises. Once it approaches room temperature, signals are sent to your brain telling you to start waking up. 

Therefore, the temperature of your bedroom is an important element to the quality of your sleep. If your room is too warm, your body temperature will rise too quickly during the night causing you to start waking up earlier than you should and making deep sleep more difficult. On the other hand, if your bedroom is too cold, waking up in the morning becomes harder as your body temperature stays cooler for a longer period of time. It’s a good idea to experiment in order to find the perfect balance that works for you. 

If you are having troubles falling asleep, there are certain things you can do to try and induce a sense of sleepiness. For example, you could take a bath or a shower before bed. This will artificially raise your body temperature, and as it drops back down, it is likely to make you feel tired and ready for sleep. You can also accomplish this by drinking a warm beverage like tea or warm milk. Just make sure that it doesn’t have any caffeine in it. 

Exercise

Regular exercise has been shown to reinforce good sleep habits as physical exertion tires out your body. However, you need to be careful as engaging in exercise late in the evenings can actually make falling asleep more difficult. You want to avoid strenuous exercise too close to bedtime as it raises your heart rate and introduces adrenalin into your system which makes it difficult to relax and sleep. More calming and relaxing exercise such as doing yoga is preferable to playing a pickup game of basketball or lifting heavy weights.  

Eating and Drinking Habits

What you eat and drink throughout the day and especially before bedtime can impact your ability to fall asleep easily. It’s not a good idea to go to bed with either a full or empty stomach. Your body will have trouble relaxing enough to accommodate sleep if it is in the middle of trying to digest a meal, and it will have trouble relaxing if it needs sustenance. 

If you have difficulty falling asleep each night, it’s probably a good idea to monitor what you drink throughout the day. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages might be a favorite to get your day rolling, but they should be avoided once the afternoon comes around. Other stimulants such as the nicotine in tobacco can make it hard to fall asleep, so avoid using tobacco products before bedtime as well. 

Mattress

One of the biggest factors contributing to the quality of your sleep is your mattress. If you have tried the other tricks listed above to help you sleep all the way through the night and you’re still struggling, it may be time to buy a new mattress. You should replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years or whenever you think that your mattress is no longer fulfilling its indispensable role in your life. It may be that your mattress is too firm, too soft, or has developed lumps and ridges from extended use. 

If you are looking to replace your mattress, come check out Riley’s Real Wood Furniture’s wonderful selection. We carry some really amazing mattresses, and we are the only dealer of Magniflex mattreses in Eugene, Oregon. We also carry a wonderful line of bedroom furniture including bed frames which are made from real wood and manufactured in America. If you’re dissatisfied with your quality of sleep and looking to invest in some superb furniture, Riley’s is the one stop shop for you. 

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