Are you finding it hard to sleep at night?
No matter how comfortable your bed is, if your bedroom isn’t relaxing it can be difficult to drift off. Clutter, unnecessary distractions and even the wrong coloured walls can all prevent you from having a peaceful night.
So if you’re finding it hard to nod off and would like to transform your bedroom into a sanctuary for restful sleep, we’ve got a few tips to help you out.
The first step to making your bedroom more relaxing is getting rid of unnecessary objects, as a messy room can make it harder for your brain to switch off.
But decluttering can conjure up images of consigning your beloved possessions to the dustbin, or giving them to a charity shop – which many of us find difficult. If you like to hang on to things you love, try investing in some storage for your bedroom so that things you don’t often use are easily accessible but aren’t cluttering up your bedroom. We think an ottoman bed is a great shout, to maximise that under-bed storage area and keep your possessions close to hand.
Focus on only having things you use on a daily basis out in your bedroom, and keeping the rest in another room, or out of sight so it can be out of mind when you’re trying to sleep! Utilising bedside tables, the space above wardrobes and using dividers to make the most of your drawer space are all great ways to keep on top of the clutter.
A consistent nightly routine can send signals to your brain that it’s time to go to sleep. It’s up to you how you do this, but we recommend keeping everything you need for your chosen routine on your bedside table, (for example, a book, scented candle, glass of water) and consigning everything else to a drawer will make the space beside your bed feel calm and ensure you don’t forget to follow your routine! And adding a plant or fresh flowers to your bedside table will release oxygen and purify the air, helping you relax as you try to sleep.
We’re all constantly switched on these days, and it can be all too easy to check emails, update social media, or even do a bit of work in bed – and if you work from home or have limited space, you may even have a desk in your room.
But if you come to associate your bedroom with activities other than sleep and relaxation, it’ll be harder to switch off when it’s time to sleep. And what’s more, the blue light emitted by most electronic screens can trick our brains into thinking it’s daylight, keeping us up for longer. Ideally, enforce a ‘no electronics in the bedroom’ rule, but if that’s not practical, try to at least stop using them an hour before you want to sleep.
You might have a great bed and comfortable mattress, but it might not matter if your bedding isn’t right. Try and stay away from synthetic materials when it comes to sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers; instead, opt for breathable natural materials; thread count is a good guideline, but it’s more important that you like the way they feel.
Additionally, although you might like the look of beaded or sequinned pillows, lace ruffles on your duvet cover or other embellishments on your bedding, these can often be itchy, scratchy or stiff – not what you need when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep! Plain, good quality bedding and blankets will last longer and allow you to sleep in comfort.
A new lick of paint can transform your bedroom. Although bold colours might brighten up the rest of the house, in the bedroom, muted pastels and neutral colours make for a far more calming and restful atmosphere. If you want to add an accent colour, mix it up with cushions, a headboard and other accessories.
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