Your bed: probably one of your favorite inanimate objects to ever enter your life. It’s your safe haven, always calling you in at night, and probably periodically throughout the day; somewhere where you can sleep, lounge, do work, and, well, a few other things, too. It all sounds like heaven, but here’s the bad news: you should only ever use your bed for two things – sleep and sex.
For starters, this is because having multiple distractions in your room interferes with your transition into sleep. Technology, unfortunately, is a major disturbance when it comes to the bedroom. Televisions, laptops, mobile devices – everything with a screen interrupts your sleep cycle much more than you think. Nowadays, when we are not at work or in class, we find ourselves lounging on our beds flipping through emails, taking calls, and working on assignments. Add to that some evening binge-watching of your favorite show before hitting the hay, or some last minute texting or social media surfing, and it’s not surprising that the screen time adds up. Unfortunately, research shows that the artificial light that comes from our beloved gadgets actually hinders our ability to sleep at night.
“Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour – making it more difficult to fall asleep,” said Dr. Charles Czeisler, from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in a National Sleep Foundation press release.
Then there’s the next major offense: eating in your bed. Bringing food into your bedroom is a poor decision from the start. Crumbs everywhere, in your sheets, on the floor, underneath your bed – you’d be surprised how dirty food can make your room. With all those crumbs, possibly dishes or empty food containers, you’re likely to draw some unlikely guests into your room. Bugs like cockroaches, flies, and ants are attracted to food, so when they come hungry, then you should truly be worried. Owner of Wizard of Homes, Kadi Dulude strongly advises against bringing food into your room. If you do, you should clean your sheets at least once every week.
Your body and mind should recognize your bedroom as a place of rest and intimacy, says Dr. Michael T. Murray. By subtracting simple things like devices, outside noise, and adding good hygiene, using your bed for the sole purpose of sleep and sex, can truly improve and benefit your well-being.
Most people find themselves scrolling through their phones or watching one last episode in bed when they can’t easily fall asleep. If this sounds familiar to you, try taking reBloom about half an hour before bed to ease your mind to sleep.