There are two kinds of people in this world - those who actively choose to make sleep a priority, and those who do not. The first group typically experiences a whole host of powerful, real-world health benefits from getting enough sleep, while the second group that does not get adequate sleep tends to fight through the morning after morning of groggy mood swings, scattered thought processes and even higher levels of illness. If you’re ready to create the perfect sleep environment at home and increase your overall sense of vitality, health and wellness, keep the following tips in mind!
Redefine Your Room
If you’re intent on creating the ideal sleep environment in your bedroom, start by redefining what your bedroom really is. It shouldn’t be your spot to watch TV, work on craft projects, complete homework or catch up on work-related emails. Instead, your bedroom should be specifically designed to support you in your mission to get better sleep!
- Start by removing electronics (TVs, laptops, etc.) from your bedroom. Even if you aren’t in the habit of watching movies every night, there’s no reason for having these proven distractions in the one place that should be a quiet retreat from the real world.
- Next, consider keeping your mobile phone on silent during the night, or even keep it in another room while you sleep. In a world of constant notifications, there’s little you can do to escape the electronic ding of an email or text.
- Don’t work in your room. Instead, create a small office space somewhere else in your home where you can get work done.
Assess Your Bedding
There’s a common misconception that seeking an improvement in sleep quality means spending thousands on a new mattress. While you might need to replace your mattress, there are other considerations to look at when crafting the ultimate sleep solution at home.
- First, if your mattress is over seven years old and you notice a visible change in its structure or a tactile difference in the way it supports your body, you’ll likely have to replace it. While this is a big expense, it is important to start your quest for better sleep with the right mattress.
- Next, look at your pillows. One of the most effective ways to improve the quality of your sleep and support your overall health and wellness is by upgrading your bed pillows. Studies have shown that a water pillow can make a marked improvement in sleep quality, as they are inherently adjustable, can be customized to the individual’s sleep style, and are actually quite affordable!
- Replace your sheets. Something as simple as swapping out your sheets for soft, comfortable new sheets and opting for a hue that promotes relaxation can improve the quality of your sleep.
Understand the Importance of Color
You’ll notice that the sights, sounds, and smells of a massage studio are carefully crafted to ensure a relaxing environment. Colors like red, black and purple aren’t common in any room where a soothing tone is the goal, so pay attention to the colors in your room to enhance your ability to relax and fall asleep.
- Neutral tones are ideal for a bedroom. If your walls are painted a vibrant hue or your wallpaper is overly chaotic, consider revamping your room with soft colors, pastels or a muted-tone wallpaper.
- Light colors in your room will make the space appear larger and brighter, while darker colors tend to imbue a bedroom with a warm, intimate feel. You can’t go wrong with either tonal scheme, but some people react more positively to brighter colors that are still low-key.
Keep Clutter to a Minimum
The bedroom shouldn’t be your dedicated tchotchke-display area - instead, create a clutter-free environment that makes your bed the focal point of the room. Remove junk from your bedside stand, eliminate gadgets that emit light pollution into the room at night, and streamline your entire bedroom with purpose.
- Create order and calm in your bedroom by installing dedicated storage units or reorganizing your closet to accommodate your clothing and accessories. Nothing is more frustrating than jamming clothes into overstuffed drawers or tripping over shoes in the middle of the night.
- Bring natural decorations into the room, such as small plants or flowers. They’ll bring a sense of lightness and natural energy to the room, and since they don’t live forever, you’ll have the opportunity to redecorate your room every week or two with fresh flowers and plants.
- Rearrange your room from time to time. Though it seems counterintuitive, periodically shifting furniture, decorations and linens in your room can keep the space from feeling old and uninspired. You don’t have to go crazy here, but a little movement goes a long way.
While a new mattress might be a big investment and painting your room might not seem like the way you want to spend your weekend, a little bit of time and money spent on creating the ideal sleeping environment in your bedroom will have dramatic and positive repercussions on your overall health and wellness. The right mattress, a supportive water pillow, soothing colors and decoration, and removing electronic distractions from your room will work wonders for improving your ability to get a great night of sleep.
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