Incorporate the following easy tips to create a sleep sanctuary and wake up refreshed and ready to take on your day.
As you prepare to go to bed, taking steps to experience a restful and restorative night’s sleep starts with creating a good sleep environment. So without waiting a minute more, let’s dive into how to go about creating your ideal sleep sanctuary.
Remove All Technology
That’s right! As difficult as it may seem to do so, you must banish your television, computer, laptop, smartphone and tablet from your bedroom. The backlighting emitted from electronics stimulates the brain, which tells your body it’s time to wake up.
Assess Your Mattress + Pillow
Both your mattress and pillow should provide you with the support and comfort required for a restful sleep. If you are sleeping with a partner, or even if you are sleeping alone, ensure that your mattress is large enough and allows you adequate space in which to move freely and unencumbered.
Eliminate All Work Materials
Work-related materials are stressors that interfere with getting a good night’s rest. Consider your bedroom a place of relaxation and exclusively for sex and sleep.
Declutter Your Bedroom
Remove all clutter and unnecessary objects from your bedroom. A well-organized bedroom is more conducive to peaceful sleep.
Be a DIY Interior Designer
All achievable goals start out with a plan, and a bedroom makeover is no different. To plan your design and to find inspiration, you can:
- Page through magazines and pay attention to what colors, textures and styles of furniture appeal to you. Clip out the images that catch your eye and reflect your taste and keep them in a binder. Or alternatively, you can photograph the images and store them in a separate folder on your electronic device of choice to refer to later.
- Read poetry and inspirational quotes. These may even be a design element; for example, written on a bedroom wall in script font or beautifully displayed within a picture frame.
- Search out accessories such as luxuriously soft bedding (sheets and comforter) as well as pillows and pillow cases.
Create Your Oasis + Set the Mood
Your bedroom decor and style should evoke a feeling of coziness and comfort for you.
- Start with your bedroom walls. Paint them in a color that is calming to you. Cooler colors such as hues of pale blues and greens as well as neutral and earthy colors -- beige, taupe, cream, white, gray -- are good choices. Keep the walls a solid color. If you want to incorporate patterns into your decor, consider doing so with accessories (toss pillows and bedding).
- Ensure that your curtains/drapes/blinds block out any form of light, which can disrupt your sleep. If your window coverings fall short of shutting out light, wear an eye mask.
- Evaluate the size of your room. Lighter colors give the illusion of a larger space, whereas darker colors makes a room look smaller and cozier.
- Purchase the best quality bedding you can afford. High thread-count sheets and pillow cases as well as deliciously soft and luxurious duvets or comforters are well worth the money and can make your bed seem irresistible. If you sleep either hot or cold, ensure that you choose fabrics that are comfortable for you.
- Consider textures. They are an important element when decorating your bedroom and setting the mood for restful sleep. Textures can be incorporated through fabrics and even paint.
- Create ambiance through lighting. Your lighting should be bright enough for you to read without straining your eyes, but it should also have the ability to be dimmed as required. Low lighting creates a soft look and has a calming effect on the mind.
Sleep Metro Tip
Though they create a romantic atmosphere, lit candles can be dangerous. Never use them near bedding and never leave lit candles unattended.
Be sure to blow them out completely before snuggling up for the night.
- Infuse aroma into your bedroom. Lavender is known for promoting sleep and instilling well being.
- Use the calming effect of nature by displaying fresh flowers and/or plants. They not only create visual appeal, but they also extract toxins from the air.
Now that you have some ideas, you can start planning and taking steps toward creating your own sleep oasis. Remember, this is a process and not a race. By making sleep a priority and creating an environment that is conducive to peaceful sleep, you will be much healthier and happier.