Color selection is also a key factor in creating a restful space that encourages good sleep. Neutral colors, and calming blues and greens, are often the best choices, and opting for various shades of the same color is a great way to enhance the relaxing feel of our on-the-road sleeping spaces. Avoid bold colors or multiple colors with high contrast, and opt for combinations that include browns, tans, creams, greens or blues for the best sleep experience.
Sound and light also play a role in quality of sleep and ease of falling asleep. Heavy curtains that block exterior lights are a good step, as is opting for low-watt light bulbs that provide soft, natural lighting when needed. To block outside noise and further enhance the relaxing environment you have created, you might also consider purchasing CDs with soothing music or natural sounds, such as falling rain, gently rolling streams, or frogs and insects. Playing these soothing sounds at a low volume can help reduce stress, promote relaxation and encourage a more restful sleep experience.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that going on the road is no reason for us to give up the comforts of home, particularly when it comes to ensuring quality sleep. After all, that is at least part of what appeals to most of us who love the RV lifestyle: the ability to create a living space that allows us to bring the comforts and conveniences of home with us wherever we go.
And finally, if lifestyle and environmental changes are not enough to ensure a good night’s sleep, there are several natural sleep aids available, such as herbal supplements and teas. Here are a few examples of natural sleep aids that can help you obtain more restful sleep: Valerian – This herbal extract is widely available anywhere that sells natural supplements and has been used for centuries as a folk remedy to promote sleep.
Chamomile – Chamomile is an herb that can be taken in pill form or made into a tea and has been used for centuries for its ability to promote calmness and relaxation.
Melatonin – This is a hormone that our brains produce and is an important part of regulating our sleep-wake cycle. Taking a melatonin supplement has been shown to reduce the time it takes to go to sleep. Keep in mind that some herbal supplements can interact with medications or have side effects; therefore, it is always best to consult with your health care provider before adding any supplement – natural or synthetic – to your daily routine.