Want to Sleep Better? It May Be Time to Update Your Bedroom
How are you sleeping? Do you always get a good night’s sleep? Or, do you find yourself struggling to fall asleep or tossing and turning each night? Maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s your bedroom. With a few quick updates, you could be sleeping more restfully.
Decorate with calming colors.
If you’ve ever walked into a room with loud colors and distracting patterns you know that it can cause you sensory overload. Can you imagine walking into such a room at bedtime? These things are definitely not going to help you fall asleep. You want to pick colors that create a calming atmosphere. Whether it’s wall colors or bedding, choose hues that calm you. That may be pale blue or light yellow or plain white, but whatever the color scheme you choose it needs to be relaxing.
Keep it cool.
When we talk about keeping it cool we mean the temperature. Sleep happens because your body’s internal thermostat actually drops. In order to help this process, you want to turn down the thermostat in your home.
Upgrade your bedding.
Yes, your bedding choices may be hindering your sleep. You want pillows that are comfortable for you. They should not be overly thick so that you are not putting your neck in strange positions as you sleep. Additionally, you may find that sheets made of certain materials cause you to sleep better. Experiment with linen, satin, a high thread count of cotton or flannel in the cooler months to see what works for you.
Eliminate outside light.
If your bedroom allows in a lot of external light you need to find a way to decrease it. Consider buying blackout curtains, room darkening blinds or shades or even a sleep mask to help you sleep.
Decrease the clutter.
Take a look around your bedroom and what do you see? Do you have piles of dirty clothes (or clean clothes for that matter)? Do you have stacks of magazines and shoes strewn everywhere? Is there a lot of clutter? Clutter in your bedroom could actually be hurting your sleep. It can be distracting and a constant reminder of things you need to do. Take some time to get rid of the clutter.
In this day and age, we are constantly surrounded by electronics. Televisions and cell phones in your bedroom can be a definite distraction. You may find yourself watching television and unable to fall asleep or constantly checking your phone for updates. It may be time to keep the television in the living room and leave your phone there too when you go to bed each night.
Keep it quiet.
If you find that your sleep is disturbed by noise, there are some things you can do in order to help the situation. A white noise machine can help diminish noise. Some people count on the humming of a fan in order to fall asleep. Or, you could use earplugs. Additionally, a rug can help decrease noise from downstairs neighbors.
Use a weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets are popular now as they have been shown to have a calming effect and assist with sleep. Before you purchase a weighted blanket, do your research as the type of blanket your purchase is based on your bodyweight, how you’re going to use it, and several other factors.
Use calming scents.
You can use aromatherapy to help you sleep, too. Lavender, chamomile, and vanilla are all believed to create a calming atmosphere. You could use essential oil diffusers, linen sprays or even a scented body lotion to help you relax.
If you’re ready for a better night’s sleep then try one or more of these bedroom makeovers to help make it happen. You’ll be glad you did!