What role does environment play in a person’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep?

Dr. Amin discusses how environment affects falling asleep and staying asleep. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Having the right sleep environment can be crucial to getting a good night sleep.

Your sleep environment affects your senses, and your senses need to be able to rest and relax for you to truly sleep well, according to the National Sleep FoundationOff Site Icon (NSF).

Light, noise and temperature are among the factors in your sleep environment – usually a bedroom – that affect your quality and quantity of sleep, according to the Harvard Medical SchoolOff Site Icon (HSM).

Not only getting to sleep, but staying asleep is important to allow your body to go through the needed sleep cycles to be well-rested, according to the HSM. Getting rid of the environmental distractions and stress that can keep you from sleeping well will help you to develop a positive sleep pattern.

For more information about how your environment can affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, talk with your doctor.

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