It’s true. Everything about you impacts the way you sleep and how beneficial that sleep is to your body. Your five senses – hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision – aren’t just for your waking hours. They impact your health all the time.
The things you see as you prepare for bed need to be calming, not stimulating. Everything from the color of the paint you use on the walls to the artwork you hang can have an impact. You’ll also want to be conscious of outside influences like moonlight, car lights, and street lamps.
The things you taste – like toothpaste or mouthwash – and the things you smell – like your partner – can also send signals to your brain. This is one reason why so many people respond so well to aromatherapy.
The things you touch include your mattress, bedding, sheets, and even your pillows. The textures, fibers, density, and shape can all make a difference.
But that’s not what we find most important here. We are, of course, always concerned with sound. Noises can have a huge impact on your ability to sleep and the lighter you sleep, the more noises can bother you. Do cars drive down your street at night? Does the neighbor have a barking dog? Do you leave the television blaring all night long, like my fiance does? While sound is generally not recommended, I have found a sleep machine that makes white noise helps me to fall asleep.
Outside noises, however, drive me nuts. If you can’t get past the noises, you may need to consider soundproofing by adding extra drywall with green glue or by checking the seals on your doors and windows.
Sleep is critical to your health, so you need to make sure your five senses are all happy and content when your head hits the pillow each night!