Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep? It might be your surroundings that are keeping you awake for hours on end. You spend on average at least one-third of your life in your bedroom. Admittedly, not all of that time is spent asleep, so why not design your bedroom to be as peaceful as possible? Your bedroom is supposed to be a space where you can retreat from the world and enjoy a few moments of peace before drifting off to sleep.
There’s more to the design of a serene space than simply a lack of sound. Look around your bedroom to ‘see’ the ‘virtual noise’. The virtual noise comes in many forms such as clutter, bright colors, and too much light all add to the sound and these are what you need to eliminate if you want a peaceful night’s sleep. Below are nine tips to help you create a purposefully peaceful sleeping space.
9 Ways to Create a Space for Peaceful Sleep
Clear the Clutter from Your Bedroom
Think of the clutter in your bedroom as ‘visual noise,’ and it will make it easier to remove. Get rid of the disorder, keep your closets organized and clean, eliminate unnecessary furniture, and boxes you never unpacked to help to create an atmosphere of quiet relaxation. Clutter distracts, and it is stressful and frustrating. So, the quicker you get rid of it, the better. No longer will you lie in bed fretting because you haven’t cleaned up, or worry about falling over items when you get up in the middle of the night.
Designate Your Bedroom as a Sleep-Only Zone
Do you use your bedroom for sleeping or has it become a multipurpose space? If you undertake a range of activities in your bedroom, it will be considered a place of activity. Remove your exercise machine, find another home for your computer, clear out your textbooks and snacks, and move that pile of clothes you’ve been meaning to iron. There are some exceptions to the rule. For example, dressing, reading, relaxing and listening to music, and being intimate with your better half!
Use Aromatherapy for Enhanced Relaxation
There are many different scents which can be used to set the mood for a peaceful environment. Lavender and jasmine, for example, have a calming and relaxing effect. Aromatherapy is a treatment that uses extracts from plants called essential oils. They can be breathed in through the nose or applied to the skin. It’s also possible to feel the same effects by putting oils in the bath or having them massaged into the skin. It is thought that aromatherapy activates smell receptors that send messages through your nervous system to your brain, and for centuries, essential oils have been utilized for their numerous benefits.
Make Your Bed the Coziest Spot
The focal point of your bedroom is your bed. Position it so that it’s the first thing you see when you walk in because it welcomes you into the room. Have you got the perfect bed? If you’ve got a bad back, you might appreciate the support of a firm mattress. Is the mattress big enough for you and your partner?
To truly create a soothing atmosphere, dress your bed with crisp all-cotton sheets in neutral colors. For the finishing touch, add luxury down pillows. Furthermore, a couple of soft blankets will add to the cozy feeling; add a lightweight one when the weather is warm and a heavier one when the weather is colder.
Remove all Electronic Devices
Removing all your electronic devices from the bedroom will help you have a better night’s sleep. Watching the TV, reading emails, catching up on your social media feeds, and playing video games all delay your body’s internal clock (your circadian rhythm). The release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin is suppressed, and it makes it more difficult for you to fall asleep. It is the artificial blue light that your electronic devices emit that causes the problem.
Set the Right Temperature and Light Levels
If your bedroom is too cold or too hot, it will affect how well you sleep at night. Try altering your thermostat and see what works for you. A ceiling fan or portable heater will also help regulate the temperature. Additionally, blackout curtains will allow you to sleep longer during the summer and also keep out the heat. As well as blocking out the early morning sun, they are very effective at blocking out unwanted light such as street lamps, car headlights, and the neighbor’s security lighting.
Set the Tone with Some Soft Music
A great way to set the mood in your bedroom is to use music. After all, you want to create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere, so choose some music that makes you feel that way. Soft jazz, classical, folk, new age, or soft rock – whatever sounds soft and calm to you personally. Keep the volume low as well because even the softest music can get annoying if played too loudly. If possible set your music player to shut off automatically after a certain length of time. If you don’t, the music is likely to wake you up during the night.
Make the Bed Every Morning
Make your bed as soon as you get out of it and it makes you feel productive at the start of your day. It’s true that every time you walk past it, you’ll feel satisfied. You might even be tempted to grab a book and enjoy 10 minutes relaxation. When you have a made bed in your bedroom, it helps to make it feel less cluttered and therefore be less distracting and thereby more serene.
Light and Natural Colors
When you want to relax, it’s important to surround yourself with calming colors. It’ll only take a day to repaint your bedroom, and because you’ve already decluttered, you’ll just need to move your furniture so that you can reach the wall. The colors you choose should be natural and light. For example, white, beige, light brown, light green, or light blue.
With these tips, we hope you find at least one that helps you have a more restful night’s sleep. Then, go ahead and incorporate more tips for an overall de-stressing experience in your serene bedroom. We wish you a tranquil night’s sleep so you wake up refreshed and ready, each and every day.