Sleep and Bedroom Safety

By Ashley Little

To sleep with a peace of mind at night, you need to know that you’re sleeping safely. Feeling safe while you sleep is two-fold. First, you need to know that your sleeping practices are safe. Then it’s time to take a look at your bedroom safety. 

In this guide, we’ll take a look at all aspects of sleeping safely and share all of our resources that take a deep dive into the best safety practices.


Sleep Safety

Usually when people talk about safe sleeping, they’re referring to babies. But it’s important for people of all ages to follow safe sleeping practices to protect their body, health, and sleep. 

There’s always myths and trends circling around about the best way to sleep, but they may not all be safe practices. Just because you hear that sleeping on the floor may be good for your back doesn’t mean you should ditch your mattress and start becoming a floor sleeper immediately. 

And trends like polyphasic sleep, where you sleep in multiple phases during the day instead of just one time at night, can be harmful and are not ideal for everyone. 

Learn more about safe sleeping practices in our resources below.


Bedroom Safety

In the chance of an emergency, it’s also better to be safe than sorry. That’s why you can never be too careful and you should be prepared in all aspects of bedroom safety. 

Having an emergency kit, escape route, and a plan for emergencies such as fires, storms, and break-ins can help give you a better peace of mind while you sleep. 

Solving for other potential health and safety risks such as mold in the bedroom is also critical to your sleep, health, and well-being. 

Learn more about what you can do to implement safety in your bedroom in our resources below.


Life Stages

There are particular safety risks for newborns that it’s important to be aware of. Keeping your baby safe from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep risks starts with being aware of the potential dangers and knowing which best practices to follow. 

As children age, you may come across other safety questions like Are bunk beds safe? and Should my teenager be sleeping this much? 

Older adults also need to take certain precautions in the bedroom to ensure they are safe from any hazards such as falling out of bed or tripping or loose cords. 

Learn more about the best safety practices for sleep and in the bedroom at different stages of life. 


Technology and Media

You’ve probably heard before that watching TV before bed or scrolling on your phone can be harmful to your sleep, but do you know why? 

These devices emit blue light which disrupts your sleep by essentially sending false signals to your circadian rhythm. At night, your circadian rhythm (which is controlled by light exposure) recognizes that it’s time for sleep and signals to your brain to start producing the hormone melatonin that makes you sleep. With interference from blue light technology, these signals are delayed and you’ll have trouble falling asleep. 

The media you’re consuming at night could also be harmful to a good night’s sleep. Reading alarming news stories or watching a scary movie could turn your dreams into a nightmare and ruin your sleep. 

Learn more about the impact of technology and media on your sleep in our resources below. 


Fire Hazards

Proofing for fire hazards while you sleep is one of the most important measures to take for bedroom safety. While you’re unconscious, you want to make sure you aren’t putting yourself in danger. 

Learn about how to prevent fire hazards in the bedroom in our resources below. 


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