Where are you going to build your daytime sleeping nook?
Whether you’re working the late shift or lying down for an afternoon nap, making a mid-day sleep space can be challenging.
Natural sleep patterns train our bodies to tire when the sun goes down and wake when it comes up. But that’s not always what works with our schedule. Create a comfortable place to sleep at any hour with these helpful hints.
Invest in window coverings
Heavy drapes, blackout curtains, and plastic privacy films are all designed to keep the light out when you need some peace and quiet. Emulating nighttime in your room will help your body adjust and wind-down.
Curl up in your bed
Falling asleep on the sofa can be a comforting feeling, but it’s not providing you the support you need for restful sleep. Napping in your bed will also build an association between your bedroom and sleeping, helping you fall asleep faster.
Disconnect before you doze
Use a power strip to shut off all your electronic devices including your phone, tablet, radio, and TV. Looking at screens and devices within an hour of sleeping can make it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Control the lights and sounds
Roll up a towel for the crack beneath your bedroom door, and switch your phone to silent to avoid unexpected notifications. Earplugs can also be a great trick to block out neighborhood noises like lawn mowers.
Color yourself comfortable
Surround yourself with neutral tones and cool colors to create a soothing sleep space. Bold colors are beautiful, but they’ll wind up making you feel awake and energized—especially during the day when your internal clock is telling you to stay up.