“What’s your favorite part about living in the tiny house?” my mom asked.
“Well that’s a hard question. There is so much I love about the little house. I adore the loft because it’s cozy, quiet, and sleeping in that space is amazing. I’ve never slept so soundly in my life.”
I went onto tell my mom that our old apartment was really loud. It was built in the early 1900s and you could literally hear through the walls. I could hear my next door neighbors talking late at night, footsteps echoing in the stairwell, and dogs barking early in the morning and late at night.
In contrast, the little house is so quiet. We live in a neighborhood that’s close to a very loud train and so far the wool insulation we chose has kept the noise out. I’m grateful that I’m getting enough sleep because I used to sleep poorly because of stress. It turns out not getting enough sleep is a big problem for Americans.
In a recent survey, the National Sleep Foundation noted:
"Many Americans report dissatisfaction with their sleep during the week. The poll found that 43% of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep on weeknights. More than half (60%) say that they experience a sleep problem every night or almost every night (i.e., snoring, waking in the night, waking up too early, or feeling un-refreshed when they get up in the morning.)"
For example my friend Bea recently got a FitBit; the gadget tracks your movement throughout the day and your sleep too. Her statistics showed that she woke-up eleven times in one evening!
My loft is lovely, but you don’t have to buy a tiny house to improve the quality of your sleep. Some of the strategies I use to sleep well include, exercising regularly, removing clutter from my sleeping area, avoiding caffeine late in the day, and not taking late afternoon naps.
If you still feel stuck, consider giving the following micro-actions a try:
- Track your sleep. How much sleep do you get every night? Keep a sleep log and make note of when you go to bed and when you wake-up.
- Make your sleeping space a sanctuary. One way to do this is by uncluttering your bedroom and creating a space that promotes relaxation and quiet.
- For more ideas, read: Annual Sleep in America Poll Exploring Connections with Communications Technology Use and Sleep.