Whether we want to believe it or not – we need sleep. Desperately. There’s no better way to recharge from a long day than with a great night’s rest. But what’s the best way to get that full eight hours? Instead of investing in a new mattress or one big change, take advantage of some of the smaller ideas below. Incorporating these ideas into your current bedroom setup will help you get the quality rest you need.
Block out the light
It’s great to have a lot of natural light in your apartment, but not when you’re trying to fall asleep. Invest in some blackout curtains to make sure your sleep environment is as dark as possible when you’re ready for bed.
Ditch your electronics
Studies have shown that blue LED light (like the kind that emits from smartphones and televisions) can negatively impact sleep. You don’t have to put your cellphone in another room, but keep it away from your bed and avoid using it one hour before bed so the light doesn’t keep you awake unnecessarily.
Do what you can to eliminate unnecessary noise in your bedroom. White noise, like a quiet air conditioner or fan, can help distract you from louder noises inside/outside of your home. If you don’t find those helpful, a sound machine with relaxing nature sounds can also clear your mind before falling asleep.
Decorate with calming colors
Even if you love vibrant colors like red and orange, a palette of cooler colors will help you get a peaceful night of rest. When choosing the color of your walls, bedspread, and art, stick to neutrals (beige, gray, and white) and shades of blue or green. This creates an overall soothing effect and keeps your room a relaxing space.
Keep your bedroom as a uni-tasker
If you’ve been using your room as an eating space and a workspace, you may be inadvertently getting in your own way. Keep the focus on rest in your bedroom by strictly using the space for rest and romance – and nothing else. Find new spots for family photos, your desk, and other items that don’t promote relaxation and well-being.
Clear the clutter
Similar to the above tip, if your room is full of items that don’t promote relaxation – those items need to go. Your computer, exercise equipment, television, along with other high-energy items should find a new spot in your house.
The temperature of your room should be on the cooler side. Set your thermostat to 65⁰F. While scientists say that this is the ideal cool temperature for sleep, it may also have additional calorie-burning health benefits. Regardless, keeping your room cool and dark (like we suggested above) will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Keep your room smelling fresh
Don’t just focus on engaging your eyes and ears when falling asleep. Spraying relaxing scents on your bed like lavender, vanilla, and jasmine can help relax your nervous system and lower anxiety; ensuring a fuller night of rest.
Invest in Quality, Comfortable Sheets
Try using soft bamboo or Egyptian cotton bedding. Not only is it soft, but bamboo and cotton are breathable, so you’ll stay cozy and be less likely to wake up hot and sweaty.
Make your bed
Yes, it can be an inconvenience when you’re rushing out the door in the morning, but there’s nothing better than seeing your put-together, inviting bed at the end of a long day. So, take the time to tidy up your bed -we promise it will be worth it.