Get more energy in your life with these 7 expert tips on how to style your bedroom for a better sleep.
You've read a million and one articles about how to sleep better, exercise more, go to bed earlier, drink water, stress less, reduce caffeine intake, you’ve heard it all before. But did you know that your sleep environment can affect the quality of your rest?
So let’s start with some basic changes you can make in your own bedroom to help you catch more zzzz’s.
Here are seven expert tips for styling your bedroom for better sleep.
1 Reduce the Clutter
You don't have to jump on the Marie Kondo minimalist bandwagon but clutter can be anxiety-induing. Got piles of paperwork or clothes to put away? If you can't keep stacks out of your room, store them in a closet, chest, or cupboard at night. It will remind you of your to-do list to keep your sleeping space clutter-free to give your mind room to breathe.
2 Soothing Colours
Vibrant colours are fun, but it's best to use soothing, calming tones in the bedroom if you have trouble sleeping. Keep things neutral and calm but if you love bright colours, use them as accents instead of bright feature walls or on large spaces. Cool colours or soft pastels are a great place to start.
3 Layout is Everything
Work with what you have to create a useable layout. Avoid being cramped with a mattress that's too large for your space and make sure to use clever storage solutions if you're working with small square meterage. Feng Shui your pathways to the door or ensuite and ensure that you won't be tripping over anything at night and that you can easily get ready in the mornings.
4 Ambient Sounds
Try a white noise machine at night or use an app from your phone to produce ambient, repetitive sounds that can help you fall asleep much quicker. It creates a calming environment and allows your mind to focus on something while you drift off. Ambient noise can also block out any external noises which could interrupt your night.
5 No Office Zone
Ban any reminders of work. Setting up a home office in your bedroom is a bad idea and if you're stuck for space, get some sort of a room divider like a privacy screen you can put up at night to block the view of your desk. The experts say your bedroom should be used for sleep and sex. Try not to work or exercise in the bedroom.
6 Window Treatments
If you have light coming into your windows from outside or if you're a late riser, investing in blackout shades could help. Glow in the room at night can interrupt your circadian rhythm, which goes for blue light from electronic devices. Cover your phone or TV at night or better yet, ban these devices from the bedroom altogether. No budget for new blinds? Try a sleep mask instead.
7 The Bed Itself
And last but not least make sure you have a comfortable mattress. And invest in really nice bed sheets. We spend 1/3 of our lives asleep and just think about what we spend on vehicles! You'd be surprised how many sleep issues could improve when you sleep on the right mattress.
A sleep environment should feel like your own personal sanctuary. Your ideal bedroom is the place that makes you feel relaxed and at home. Of course, how you style your room is highly personal, but as long as you feel good and calm in your space, you're giving yourself the best chance to have a restful sleep that leaves you feeling fresh and recharged when you wake.
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