"One of the biggest mistakes people make in their bedrooms is they try to cram too much in there," says Gary Zammit, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Institute in New York City. "They use it as an office and as an entertainment room right up until the clock strikes 10, and expect to just hit the lights and fall asleep. But the brain doesn't work that way."
Remove mental stimulants
"I made the error two years ago when I moved into my house to put a television in the bedroom," says Laura, 36, a marketing executive in Atlanta. "I'd never had a television in the bedroom before, and once you have it, it's hard to get rid of it."
The television may be the most popular sleep disturbance in American bedrooms, but it's not the only one. You should also get rid of computers, paperwork, exercise equipmentanything that might remind you of other things you could or should be doing after you've gone to bed.