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11 Ways To Modify Your Bedroom So It’s Optimal For Sleeping

Your bedroom is your best friend. Aetna is here to help you make the most of it with this foolproof guide.

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1. Cool Your Room


Setting your room temperature to approximately 65 degrees will help you rest easy. Studies show insomnia is linked to improper body temperature regulation, so make your room nice and cool for maximum comfort.

2. Paint for Peace


Choosing calming color tones (like a shade of blue or green) for your bedroom walls can make you feel like you’re receiving a warm hug. Research shows that different colors can evoke different moods, so choose something that feels soothing to your eyes.

3. Clean up the Mess


This could help you feel less anxious and relaxed and ready for dreaming.

4. Goodnight, Light


When getting ready for bed, turn off unnecessary lights, or install dimmers on switches to help you wind down. The body naturally associates light with being awake, so when it’s time for bed, make it as dark as possible. You may want to pick up thick blinds to block out all the unwanted light that creeps in. Or a sleep mask…for fashion.

5. Tuck the Electronics Away


You’ve heard this before, but there is solid research that proves technology is keeping you up at night, so hide your phone/computer/tablet/pager in a drawer out of reach!

6. Noise, Begone


Noise undeniably disrupts your sleep. If you live in a loud area, or have upstairs neighbors practicing their horseshoe skills, use earplugs.

7. Consider an Air Cleaner


These nifty machines remove all those invisible contaminants found in the air. They are especially helpful if your insufferable allergies are keeping you up past your bedtime.

8. Turn the Fan on


Having trouble falling asleep in silence? White noise, like the gentle hum of a fan, helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.

9. Upkeep Your Sheets


Making your bed in the morning and keeping your bedding fresh and clean may help you feel excited about tucking yourself into bed at night.

10. Breathe Deep


Taking a deep inhale of lavender oil can stimulate relaxation and melt away stress.

11. Give the Dog a Bed


If your precious pup shares your bed, they’re probably waking you up while their little paws run in their sleep. If you give your dog their own spot for snoozing, you won’t be disturbed.

Ready for your beauty rest? Aetna is here to help you improve your sleep habits.

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This material is for general informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice, diagnosis, or treatment by a physician or other health care professional. Aetna is not the author of this content.