Don’t forget to check out the first part of our blog and remember part 3 is at the end of the month.

Healthy Sleep: The room

Once you have cleared clutter, you may want to consider if the color of your room is preventing your sleep.

According to Michael Breus, PhD, From WEB MD:

“There are studies that look at what is the color of your bedroom and how can that affect your ability to fall asleep. It turned out that the color itself is not important, but the hue of the color is. So the brightness of that color turns out to be a big factor. When you’re painting your bedroom, you don’t want a high gloss finish, you want a matted finish. Granted, a very bright yellow is probably not a great place to fall asleep, but a more muted yellow probably is.

Look around your room. How do you feel when you see the color? Is it peaceful and calming to you or is it energizing and distracting? If you don’t like what you see, it may be time for a trip to the paint sore.

How is your mattress? The consumer reports issue on sleep also rates mattresses. I will be honest we brought one from Costco last year without seeing and were really happy. It was rated a consumer reports best buy.

From an article on WebMd:

“The mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment. The right mattress, on the other hand, is one on which you feel no pressure, almost like you’re floating in air.

If you’re looking for a new mattress, experts suggest testing it in the store and lying down in the position in which you normally sleep. Breus suggests spending at least 10 to 15 minutes on the bed. And, bring your own pillow! The more you can replicate the way you’ll be sleeping on the mattress once you get it home, the better your chances of picking the right one.

Pillow. Consumer reports suggests starting with your dominant position—likely your favorite. The right pillow keeps your head and neck aligned without losing your neck’s natural curve. Many pillows are now labeled that way.

Side: Firm or extra firm and loft (pillow’s height) of around 4 inches

Back: Med firm, med. Loft pillow

Tummy: thin, or soft scrunch able pillow

Combination: softer and firmer sections or higher and lower sections.


Finally, consider the temperature. You want to be comfortable enough that you can fall asleep and a bit cooler tends to be better.


Health for Healthy Sleep:

If you have cleared the clutter, looked at your room, mattresses and pillow and don’t have a lot of mental clutter, it may be time to see a health professional. From the Santa Barbara sleep med

Sleep problems add an estimated $15.9 billion to national health care costs
And 84 classifications of sleep disorders exist.   Over 2 million children suffer from sleep disorders



Sleep Apnea Statistics

Over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea
An estimated 10 million Americans remain undiagnosed
Over 50% of all apnea cases are diagnosed in people aged 40 and over

Narcolepsy Statistics

Affects as many as 200,000 Americans
Fewer than 50,000 are diagnosed

Restless Leg Syndrome Statistics

Affects as many as 10% of Americans

If everything checks out okay and you still struggle with sleep, you can look for a sleep coach at the Association of Professional Sleep consultants.

What changes can you make to your room to make it more conducive to sleep? Do you have any concerns about your health related to your sleep? Do you need to make an appointment with your doctor?

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