(NEW YORK) -- A new survey authorized by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) suggests that comfortable, clean bedrooms are more conducive to getting a good night's sleep. In fact, between two-thirds and three-fourths of those polled said that a cool room temperature, fresh air and a dark, quiet and clean room were important for sound sleeping.
For the first time ever, the foundation polled 1,500 U.S. adults ages 25-55, some who were poor sleepers and some who were sound sleepers, about their sleeping environments.
"We've looked a lot at how medical and behavioral issues affect sleep, but we really hadn't looked at the sleep environment in such depth," David Cloud, NSF chief operating officer told WebMD. "Frankly, we were surprised to see that senses like touch, feel and smell were so important."
Shelby Harris, a sleep psychologist who directs the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Montefiore Sleep-Wake Disorder Center in New York, suggests that people make their bedrooms a "sanctuary for sleep." Harris also recommends nightly rituals such as turning down the lights about an hour before bed, staying away from the computer or other digital devices that might stimulate the mind and eating meals at least three hours before bedtime.
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