How to Create The Perfect Bedroom Sanctuary For A Good Night’s Sleep
Do you ever feel like you don’t get enough restful sleep? You’re not alone. Studies show that one in 4 Americans develops sleeping problems and insomnia in their lifetime. Insomnia can heavily affect your health and overall state of mind. Lack of sleep contributes to loss of cognitive function, higher cortisol levels in the brain, and retaining information and problem-solving. Not having a good night’s sleep has a substantial negative impact on your stress levels.
One of the top tips to deal with insomnia is good sleep hygiene. This means creating a relaxing environment that is sleep-friendly and sticking to a regular sleep schedule. You’d be amazed by how much the right environment can help you get to sleep. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, a haven to protect you from the stresses of the world. To keep it that way, follow these steps and create a relaxing, warm space to curl up in, and protect yourself from stress and sleep issues.
Keep The Room Clutter-Free
Too much clutter and too much storage in your bedroom space can make it feel cramped and chaotic. When you keep books and papers off of bedside tables and limit under-the-bed storage, it helps the room feel less like a storage place, and more like a place of rest. Keep your bedroom uncluttered with clever storage solutions, and regular cleaning sessions.
Make The Bed
There’s nothing better than pulling back the covers at the end of every day and climbing into a welcoming, soft space. The bed should be the focal point of every bedroom. And you’d be amazed at how fast a messy bed can kill the mood of tranquility and calm in your home. Take the five minutes in your hectic morning to make the bed. It’ll make a massive difference to the sense of peace in your room. It’s also an excellent opportunity to clear off anything that may have gravitated to your bed or bedside table throughout the course of the day.
Keep Things Warm And Cozy With Lots Of Textiles
The best descriptor for the perfect bedroom? Cozy! Keep it that way with lots of soft blankets and pillows, and comfortable rugs. Maintain your privacy with a curtain set, light enough to let in the daylight. Daylight will help improve your mood, which enables you to sleep better. Add a soft rug for your feet, especially for those cold winter mornings!
Get The Temperature Right
The suggested perfect temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees F. Your bedroom should run a few degrees cooler than the rest of your house, but not cold enough that you need to bury yourself in blankets as you sleep. In the summer, use an air conditioner or ceiling fan to cool and circulate air. For winter, getting a wall panel heater is a great way of keeping the perfect temperature in a room. Just remember to regularly air out the room for at least an hour a day, by opening a window and letting in fresh air.
Keep Your Bedroom For Sleeping In
A big part of good night’s sleep hygiene is keeping the bedroom for sleeping in. That means not bringing in chores, or projects. It means no snacking in bed and no texting on your phone late into the night. Make it easier on yourself by turning off electronics before going to sleep (except the alarm clock, of course). Keep meals for the kitchen, and work for the office or living room.
Lower The Noise Level
One of the nice things about your bedroom being full of ultrasoft textiles is that it’s great for soundproofing. Getting rid of ambient sound is a good way to ensure your bedroom stays sleep-friendly. It’s also great for keeping you relaxed. The last thing you want is to hear the neighbors arguing down the street, or the dog barking in the house. Consider soundproof drywall in your next renovation, or replace your doors and windows with something to block out the noise. Choose a solid-wood door rather than a hollow-core to add extra soundproofing.
Touch It Up With Color
Turning a bedroom into a haven isn’t just about keeping it cozy & quiet. Add a touch of color by painting your bedroom in soothing tones. Go for something neutral, like a modern grey or white for a luxurious calming effect, or give a splash of personality with greens and blues, which can promote healing and relaxation.
Add Some Personality
You don’t want to clutter up your space with a lot of storage, and a lot of stuff. But your bedroom is the most personal space in your home. Don’t be afraid to make it yours! Put up your favorite prints. Some personal pictures. Candles to set the mood. Whatever speaks to you and makes you smile. Keeping a neat and cozy space is one thing, but keeping it yours will help it feel more like a place you love coming home to!
Set A Mood With Scents
Nobody likes a stuffy room! Get yourself in the mood to relax with scented candles, incense, or oil burners. However you do it, the right smell can evoke a change in mood, significant positive memory associations, and generally create a calming environment. The scent of lavender is known to promote healthy sleep. Vanilla is also a great choice.
Your bedroom should be the warmest and safest space in your home. But across the world, millions of people struggle with sleep disorders. To create a calming environment in your bedroom, that will help you stay relaxed, and rest easy, follow these tips. And reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep, in a place you truly feel at home.
About the Author
Thank you for reading, I’m Ken Hyden. Avid gadget geek and charming introvert. I founded the popular Bestseekers.com, where I help people find the best things, including many home improvement and garden tools. In my spare time, I try my hand at new construction projects for my home….that I never finish.