This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation

Your bedroom is a sanctuary—the place you find comfort and relaxation. But having a pleasing and comfortable room is not just a luxury, it could be critically important to the quality of your sleep. A growing body of evidence shows that the conditions of your sleep space—the sights, sounds, feelings, and even smells—can either help or hurt your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested and energized. The more you know about how elements like light and sound affect your slumber, the better you’ll be able to use these elements to your advantage.

That’s why the National Sleep Foundation has launched “Inside Your Bedroom,” the first website built to help people craft a sleep-conducive room and get the best night’s sleep. Using the body’s five senses, Inside Your Bedroom pulls together science and practical advice into a user-friendly site to address how to use shades and curtains to manage light, how to arrange children’s rooms for optimal sleep, and other similar issues. It also answers important questions such as: 

  •      What temperature should your room be? 
  •      How can you sleep in summer heat with no air conditioning?
  •      How can you sleep best during pregnancy?
  •      How often should you change mattresses and pillows, and how do sheets affect your sleep?

 Your bedroom should make you feel good. It’s not just a functional space; it can evoke welcoming, calming, and peaceful sensations.  Learn the science of sleep in the bedroom and let it help you design, rearrange, and make additions to your room that will give you the best possible night’s sleep.  Visit our bedroom environment guide to get started.