After a long, hard day at work, you’ll no doubt be craving the comfort of your bed. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary away from the world, but unfortunately, the stresses of everyday life can sometimes creep in, leading to restlessness and insomnia. Here are some ways you can shut out the stress and create a peaceful bedroom environment.
Banish Technology from Your Room
Many people have their phones glued to their hands all day, then continue using them as they fall asleep, which can often include reading texts or work emails. You then end up mulling over the details in your head as you fall asleep, making it difficult to switch off properly. Many sleep experts now agree that you shouldn’t look at your phone in the hour before bedtime. The same goes for television. If you are concentrating on your favourite show or getting distracted by your partner’s telly habits, then it’s best banished from the bedroom.
Shut Out Light Pollution
If you have light streaming through your curtains, you may be kept awake at night, and your body won’t be able to rest and recover properly. Make sure you have blackout curtains or blinds to create the ideal conditions for rest.
Create the Right Temperature
Another advantage of blackout curtains or blinds is that they help regulate the temperature of a room. They trap heat inside the room in winter and keep sunlight out in summer, so you get a comfortable sleeping temperature. The ideal temperature of your bedroom is a surprisingly cool 16-18°C, which will help your body rest. However, if that’s too cold for you, layer up with an extra blanket rather than turning up the heating.
Block Out Background Noise
If you live in a city or near a major road, you’ll know how annoying background noise can be at night. It can disturb your sleep, and nothing is more frustrating than being woken up by shouting or a car horn. Some ways you can reduce noise in your bedroom include:
- Sealing gaps and cracks
- Buying blackout blinds or curtains that have built-in soundproofing qualities
- If you have noisy neighbours, put large furniture items such as wardrobes against your common wall
- Use foam or gel earplugs to block out noises from snoring
Use Neutral Colours
While bright colours might reflect your personality, they’re not very relaxing. Use mainly neutral tones, and add textures such as knits, tweed and faux fur to create a more interesting look.
Invest in An Amazing Bed
You’ll spend about a third of your life in bed, so make sure it’s somewhere where you feel comfortable and cosy. Don’t just buy the first bed you see online; consider visiting some showrooms and trying different mattresses to see what works for you. While you may think you like a soft mattress, a firm, supportive one might leave you with fewer aches and pains and help create a comfortable base for sleeping.
If you don’t have much space in your house, then your bedroom may well become a dumping ground for miscellaneous items that don’t have a home. Most people also store their clothes in their bedroom, which means it can easily become a cluttered mess over time. The problem with clutter is that it can stop you from sleeping, as you’ll constantly be fretting about the mess and wondering what to do with it all. Clutter can also be dangerous; if you frequently get up to go to the bathroom during the night, the last thing you need when half-asleep are trip hazards. Either invest in some storage or send unwanted things to the charity shop.
Look at Spas for Design Inspiration
When you need design inspiration for your bedroom, look at spaces that have been specifically designed to be relaxing. Spas, for example, have a serene feel because they have neutral colours, calming artworks and minimalistic designs. Bring these style elements to your bedroom. An aromatherapy oil burner is a nice touch too.
Avoid Big Discussions Just Before Bed
The saying that you should never go to bed on an argument is true; it can create bad feelings and lead to a terrible night’s sleep. If there’s something you need to discuss with your partner, don’t do so just as you get into bed. Instead, set a reminder on your phone to talk about it in the morning.
Allow Yourself Plenty of Time to Sleep
Insomnia is often caused when you know you need to get to sleep but simply can’t. Don’t rush to bed at the last minute; leave yourself some extra time to fall asleep and ensure you fit in your eight hours, so that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
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