Sleep Hygiene: Creating Your Sleep Space

One of the components of sleep hygiene I discussed when I started this series is creating a relaxing sleep space where you can fully rest. Recently I talked about creating a routine around your sleep. Today, we will expand on creating a restful sleep space.

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When I was a graduate student, I lived in a studio apartment and did homework sitting in bed. Then, when it was time for sleep, I had trouble winding down because my brain associated my bed with work and not rest.

Of course, it is not always an option to have a bedroom that is for sleep and nothing else, but even moving from my bed to the kitchen counter made a difference.

As with creating a sleep routine, there is not a right way to set up your sleep space. For example, some people prefer heavy blankets, and others might be more comfortable with a light sheet.

What makes the space restful to you? What colors and textures relax you? Incorporate them into your sleep space.

Keeping your sleep space restful goes beyond simply not working in your bed. Avoid any activity that raises your heart rate or alertness, like scrolling social media.

What makes your sleep space restful to you?

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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