How To Make Your Bedroom A More Restful Place
You make your kitchen appetizing, your living room welcoming, and your bathroom at least hygienic (and sometimes cute!) but for some reason, people often neglect to make their bedroom what it should be…and that is restful. It often just becomes the place where we stash our clothes and our beds. But if the purpose of your bedroom is to give you a place to sleep, then you should design it accordingly. The environment in which you sleep really can affect your mindset, and your ability to relax. If you are someone who struggles with insomnia, then you need all the help that you can get, especially if you’re trying to stay away from sleeping pills. Here are ways to make your bedroom a more restful place.
If you are moving into a multi-room home and you have the option to choose the location of your bedroom, consider this: sleep away from the action. In other words, if all of your neighbor’s front doors are on one side of the building, set up your room on the other side, so you aren’t disturbed by their hustle and bustle.
Make it dark
Whether you want wooden shutters or black out curtains, find a way to make it totally dark in your room. Light from a street light peering in can make you, on a subconscious level, believe that the day is still going on.
Get your desk out of there
There should not be anything affiliated with your work in your bedroom. Tax documents have no place near your bed; their mere presence will cause you stress.
Eliminate blinking lights
From routers, laptop chargers, cell phone chargers and the like. You don’t need the reminder of technology in your room; it will make you get up to check emails.
Synthetic sheets will cause you to sweat at night, which will of course cause you to wake up and toss them off. Choose bedding made from natural fabrics that won’t cause you to itch or sweat.
Easy on the furniture
You don’t need much furniture in your bedroom. A nightstand, a vanity for your jewelry, and maybe a cozy chair for guests should do the trick. If you clutter the room with too much furniture, you can have a difficult time relaxing.
Bring in nature
Images of nature, whether those are photographs, paintings, real plants or fake plants, are very soothing. Images of, say, your favorite band or a busy city, are not.
Add these smells
Jasmine, lavender, vanilla, cucumber and cake—yes, cake!—are all soothing scents. Get candles or essential oils that smell like these, and activate them at night. Meanwhile, if you have a trash bin in your bedroom, clear it out regularly, so it doesn’t cause any funky smells.
Store books in another room
If you like to read before going to sleep, then you can keep the one book you are currently reading on your nightstand. The rest of your books, however, should be in another room rather than staring you down with all of the adventure and stories inside of them.
Choose muted colors
Put your bright orange wallpaper in your breakfast nook, where you need to wake up. Meanwhile, put your cream or light purple wallpaper in your bedroom. Muted colors calm you, while bright ones invigorate you.
Make it soft
Literally, choose benches with fabric covers, add area rugs over hardwood floors and put soft pillows on chairs. A room covered with soft items feels much cozier than one with all wooden furniture.
Add a canopy
If you really want to remove all distractions and feel like your bed is your little haven, you can add a canopy to it. Four tall posts with curtains on them that you can shut around your bed can provide a lot of peace.
Don’t have your bed face the window
The window can be behind or beside your bed, but if it’s at the foot of your bed, you may end up looking at it too much, and staying awake.
Put your bed in a corner, or against a wall
Humans evolved to feel anxious when they don’t know what’s behind them. It’s the reason people usually prefer corner tables in restaurants rather than those floating in the center. Similarly, your bed should be in a corner, or, if that’s not possible, the back of it should be against a wall.
A good mattress
If you haven’t invested in a good mattress, it’s time. Memory foam ones can be a good choice if you sleep with somebody else because their movement won’t wake you up.