If you struggle to sleep right now, there may be a number of reasons for this. Perhaps you’re watching too much TV, or consuming too much caffeine. However, it could simply be because your bedroom is not the right sleeping space for you. Making your bedroom the ultimate relaxing retreat will give you the perfect space to get your rest each night. You can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep! Here are some ideas that will help you:
Change The Color Of Your Walls
The color of your bedroom can have the biggest impact on your mood and the way you sleep. Color psychology/therapy is a real thing, and you can use them to your advantage to have a better night’s sleep. Think about it: how well do you think you’d relax with bright red on your walls? Chances are, not very well. The color blue is associated with relaxation, and can have a great effect on those who want a better night’s sleep. However, to some it can feel too cold for the bedroom, or even too masculine. Color can be down to preference, but it’s a good idea to check out the mood of a color first, and thinking about how it makes you feel. A color like lilac or green may work just as well. Neutral can work with pretty much any decor, but where’s the fun in having a neutral bedroom? If you like, you can make a neutral bedroom more interesting by adding colorful accents to break up the space.
Include A Bed Canopy
A bed canopy can make your bed feel like a relaxing, private space. If you have always looked at canopies and loved the way they look, it could be time to incorporate one into your bedroom. They are fairly cheap, and there are even tutorials out there that could help you to create one yourself. There’s nothing dreamier!
Test Out Different Mattresses
Make sure you have the perfect mattress for your needs. Mattresses need to be replaced after a while, so make sure you know how long yours is due to last and make a mental note to replace it when you need to. It’s usually best to test out mattresses in person, rather than to order one blindly off the internet. By lying on them and figuring out how much support they offer, you can find the right mattress for your needs. Some people need a harder mattress, some need a softer mattress. Make sure you know what you need for the best sleep. You may need to take your partner with you if you don’t sleep alone. You want them to be happy with your choice too!
Get The Right Bed Accessories
Not only is having the right mattress essential, but the right bed accessories too. Things like bamboo bed sheets can be super comfortable and feel great on the skin, which promotes a better sleep. Layering up your pillows and having some cozy throws on there will make it look super inviting too, so you just can’t wait to jump into it each night!
Focus On Mood Lighting
You don’t usually need bright task lighting in the bedroom. Obviously this will depend on you, but you should definitely focus on mood lighting. Mood lighting can help you to wind down and relax in your bedroom before you sleep, whether you’re getting dressed for bed or meditating. Having a dimmer switch is a good idea, but a number of candles can help too. Some people like to have things like fairy lights to add to the relaxing atmosphere.
Remove Your TV
Having a TV in the bedroom is convenient. After all, who doesn’t love to be super comfortable while they enjoy their favorite shows on TV? That being said, having a TV in the bedroom can disturb your sleep in a number of ways. You may find that the light emitted by the TV, even if only small, can keep you awake at night. Not only that, associating your bedroom with watching TV can confuse your brain and keep you awake too. If you want your bedroom to be as relaxing as possible, it’s a good idea to remove your TV. It’s also a good idea to try to get rid of any other small lights emitted by things like alarm clocks. You want your room to be as dark as possible!
Don’t Do Too Much In The Bedroom
You don’t really want to associate your bedroom with anything other than night time activities, such as reading and sleep. If you work in your bedroom, for example, this can disturb your sleeping pattern. You might find yourself worrying about work as you try to get some shut eye! This can be purely psychological, but it’s worth being picky about what you do in your bedroom so you can always drift off to sleep easily in there without worrying. You want total peace of mind, and to leave your troubles at the door when you enter.
Try A Little Feng Shui
Feng Shui might seem strange to you, but it can definitely help people sleep with some of the principles. For example, feng shui experts suggest you have a plant in your bedroom. Plants are calming to look at and can lower stress levels, which can help you to feel better when trying to get some sleep. You should also have your bed in the ‘commanding position’, which means facing the door so you’re aware whenever somebody enters the room. There are many other principles you can try too, to help you to get that good ‘chi’ flowing through.
Get An Aroma Diffuser
An aromatherapy diffuser can help to use more of your senses by emitting a lovely scent that helps you to doze off. You simply choose an essential oil that you like, such as lavender (known for promoting sleep), and place a few drops inside with your water. This keeps the air in the room moist, so it’s great for those who have breathing difficulties and dry skin. It’ll also help you to breathe in the goodness of the essential oil, which will help you to sleep better and even promote other well being effects. The benefits of aromatherapy are endless, and diffusers can be super cheap!
Keep It Clean and Clutter Free
Keeping your room clean is really important, unless you want to breath in a ton of dust while you sleep. This can make allergies worse and even cause other health problems. Keeping the room clutter-free will ensure you aren’t worrying about the mess while you try and sleep. A lot can be said for a clutter free home. Some people believe that keeping it that way will allow you to experience more of the good things in life! Perhaps that’s another feng shui principle, but the majority of people will find that keeping their home free of clutter is one of the best things they ever do.
Keep The Light Out
Sometimes, the sun rises sooner than you’d like and you get rudely awoken. After all, we’re programmed to sleep when it’s dark and wake up when it’s light. It could be worth investing in a good pair of blackout blinds to keep the light out as much as possible. There are other options for your window treatments too, depending on what you’d like to achieve with the look and light in your room. You could have both a blind and a curtain, or just a pair of thick dark curtains to help shield you from the light.
Get The Temperature Right
Finally, the temperature of the room needs to be just right for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. Try to aim for 18-22 degrees celsius, but remember that it’ll be different for each individual. If your room is too cold, you won’t sleep, and a room that is too hot will interrupt your sleep quality too. Test out different temperatures and make a note of how you sleep.
Use these ideas and suggestions to improve your bedroom, make it more relaxing, and enjoy a better quality of sleep each and every night. You won’t believe how productive you can be when you get the right amount of high quality sleep. You won’t be waking up at all hours during the night, and you’ll wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. You can also try doing things like wearing earplugs to block out noise, and even wearing socks. Some people say they hate wearing socks to bed, but science has proved that it can help you to wake up less during the night!
If you try these things and you still have trouble sleeping, you could have a bigger problem. You could consider visiting a doctor or even a psychologist to help you get to the root of your problems and sleep better once and for all.
If you have tips of your own, leave them below. Thanks for reading!