Americans' Bedrooms Are Key to Better Sleep According to New National Sleep Foundation Poll

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

dark, quiet and clean bedroom. At least two-thirds of Americans believe these also play an important role in getting good sleep.

 “We spend a third of lives in our bedrooms, so make it a sanctuary for your sleep,” says Cloud. “Comfort, fresh air, quietness and cool temperature are the basic building blocks for creating the best sleep environment.”

Simple Indulgences Make a Difference Simple indulgences can also make a difference in how you feel about sleep. The poll showed that simple things like a fresh scent to your sheets or making your bed each day can impact how you feel about going to bed or even how you sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Poll, more than three-fourths of Americans (78%) say that they are more excited to go to bed on sheets with a fresh scent. About seven in ten Americans (71%) say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent.

Our parents were right when they told us to make our beds. Poll respondents who say they make their bed every day are 19% more likely to say they get a good night’s sleep every night than those who don’t.

“The good news is taking special care to make your bedroom pleasing to you, like fresh smelling bedding, can make a difference,” says Cloud.

National Sleep Foundation Advice for Good Sleep

  •  Set and stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day.
  • Expose yourself to bright light in the morning, and avoid it at night. Exposure to bright morning light energizes us and prepares us for a productive day. Many find it helpful in overcoming the winter “doldrums” that come with getting up in the dark. Alternatively, avoid exposure to bright light late at night. Dim your lights when it’s close to bedtime, and put night lights in your halls and bathroom for nighttime awakenings.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise in the morning can help you get the light exposure you need to set your biological clock. Avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime, if