Make Your Bedroom A Sleep Sanctuary


Welcome to day 1 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.

Over time, our brains learn to associate certain feelings with the places where they occurred. Feeling relaxed, happy, and carefree in your bedroom trains your body to associate those emotions with where you sleep. As much as possible, keep outside activities like paying bills, doing homework, watching scary movies, and having highly emotional conversations from entering your bedroom.

Tonight take a look at your sleeping space. Does it reflect a space that prioritizes a place for rest, relaxation, and sleep? How can you make changes to it that support an environment that encourages better rest? 

Here are a few ideas to consider trying before bed tonight for restful sleep:

  • Read a calming book
  • Listen to feel-good music
  • Use room-darkening shades
  • Have your comfy linens and pillows on hand
  • Ensure the right temperature
  • Make certain your room is a welcoming space, free of too much clutter
  • Try a guided meditation from last week's Meditate & Recalibrate challenge. Use your FREE 1 year Headspace PLUS subscription here to start a meditation practice and more.

Tell us what you try and what you notice tonight here or reply to us on Twitter. Better yet show us! Post a photo of your bedroom space in our private Facebook group or Instagram. Remember to tag us with #healthynurse!

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Sponsored by support from Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare
Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jun 15, 2020 7:21 PM America/Chicago

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I tried turmeric tea, stopped looking at my phone screen 2 hours before I went to bed and I slept through the night.  
  • Posted Thu 18 Jun 2020 12:35 AM CDT
I have really tried to make where I sleep a great "sleeping space". Room darkening shades, sound machine, dim lighting in the room starting at 8pm so if I do go in before bedtime, it feels like a cozy sleepy area.
  • Posted Wed 17 Jun 2020 06:06 PM CDT
Going to turn off screen time one hour before lights out and journal or read to relax my mind and body!
  • Posted Wed 17 Jun 2020 01:32 PM CDT
nice clean sheets always help a restful night sleep
  • Posted Tue 16 Jun 2020 07:53 PM CDT
I love having my side table with my little lamp glowing in the corner of my bedroom when I’m getting ready to climb into bed. Also on the side table is a novel, along with a couple gratitude/mindfulness books that I can settle down with. I find that just by reading a chapter per night, I’m able to escape into the pages of the book I’m reading and forget about anything that may have been racing through my mind. Once I put that book down and turn out that little lamp, my mind is free of worry and I’m able to fall asleep so much faster!
  • Posted Tue 16 Jun 2020 02:15 AM CDT

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