We've all been there, tossing and turning for hours, checking the clock every 20 minutes, and getting more and more frustrated as the night goes on. Luckily, a few simple changes to your bedroom’s setting can create a sleep zone that will have you snoozing peacefully throughout the night.
Set the Scene
Make your bedroom a calming retreat by choosing neutral colors for your walls, plush textures for your bedding, and a serene layout for your furniture. Remove all the clutter and extra furniture and place it in storage to create an organized and inviting room instead of a busy and distracting one.
Turn to the Dark Side
Cool, quiet, and light-free rooms promote sleep. Consider blackout curtains or heavy blinds for your windows that block light, help you keep the temperature cool, and muffle outside sounds that disrupt your sleep.
Bring in 'da Noise
White noise is comforting and lulling, whether it's the whir of a fan or the gurgling of a table-top fountain. Think about the sounds that soothe you and find a way to bring that white noise into your bedroom.
Some smells can make or break a good night's rest. Scents like lavender, vanilla, jasmine, and chamomile are relaxing, so pull those candles out of storage and place them sparingly around your room. Don't overdo it. Too many scents and strong odors can actually disrupt sleep.
Put dimmer switches on your lights and remove distracting electronics from your bedroom, including televisions, computers, and cell phones. Artificial light confuses your body's natural sleep cycle, and the blue light wavelengths emitted by most electronic equipment are particularly disruptive. Eliminating electronics and dimming the lights before bedtime helps your brain quiet down and get ready to rest.
Creating a tranquil, restful bedroom is super simple with just a few, quick tweaks. Before you know it, you'll be catching ZZZs and sawing logs with the best of them.