If you have trouble falling asleep at night, you’ve probably heard the usual sleep tips: Don’t drink caffeine in the afternoon or evening, don’t exercise an hour before bed and avoid computer games before hitting the hay.
But here are some ideas about how to have a good night’s sleep that you may not have thought of.
1. Make your bed in the morning. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2012 Bedroom Poll, respondents who make their beds every day or almost every day are more likely to say they get a good night’s sleep than those who don’t make their beds. It may be that feeling good about your bedroom leads to a good night’s sleep.
2. Clean your bedroom. About two-thirds of respondents rated having a clean bedroom as important to getting a good night’s sleep.
3. Change your sheets weekly. According to the survey, 78 percent of people agreed that they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent. Be sure to choose a detergent with a scent you like.
4. Don’t pile on the pillows. Two is the max. More people who use one or two pillows say the get a good night’s sleep compared to those who pile on three pillows.