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reviewed 7/24/2018

Is your bedroom built for sleep?

Is your bedroom a restful haven that beckons you to sleep? Or is it a hive of activity that keeps you awake? It may be time for a bedroom review.

Curtains

Less light is the best light. Consider using blackout curtains, blinds or shades on your windows to stop outside light from leaking in.

Bed

If you share a bed, make sure your mattress is large enough for both of you to move around. Consider replacing an old lumpy mattress that leaves you feeling unrested and stiff in the morning.

Thermostat

Turn the thermostat down when you go to bed. A room that's around 65 degrees will help you sleep better.

Computer or TV

Keep these and other electronic devices out of your bedroom.

Fan

Do barking dogs or street traffic keep you awake? Block out disruptive sounds with the white noise of a fan or a sound machine, or try less costly earplugs.

Bathroom nightlight

Install low-illumination nightlights in the hallway and the bathroom so your nighttime trips are safe but not too bright.

Sources: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Sleep Foundation

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