Bedroom Makeover: Create a Sleep Sanctuary
Strive for a "sound" sleep-scape
The relationship between sleep and noise is individual. Some sleepers require silent nights, while others are more accustomed to the humming, thrumming sounds of the city. If buses rumble down your street through the wee hours, a quiet night in the country could mean for a fitful sleep. Noise is all about what you're used to.
- Pipe in some white noise to cover up sounds. The static buzz of white noise – which is kind of like the sound of a waterfall or of air releasing from a balloon – cancels out other noises and helps to lull some people into a relaxed state. You can achieve the fuzz factor of white noise with an oscillating fan or a sound machine designed specifically for the goal of a good night's rest.
- Plug your ears with earplugs to block out sounds. Specially-created "sleep-phones" are available, too, which are soft headphones that transmit gentle music or meditative words to ease a body and mind into sleep.
- If someone in your family has a particularly tough time falling and staying asleep, consider where their bedroom is situated in the house. Are they in a high-noise, high-traffic area, too near the kitchen, the laundry room, a noisy street, or an opening-and-closing garage door? You may need to shuffle sleep locations!
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