These ways to make your bedroom sleep-friendly will help you get a better nights rest.
There is a lot of discussion out there about how to get better sleep. Some people think it’s a matter of falling asleep on a schedule, taking certain herbs or supplements, or even keeping animals out of your bed. The truth is, there are many factors involved in a good night's sleep and one of those is the place you actually do the sleeping. Besides getting a comfortable mattress, there is so much more you can do to practice good sleep hygiene. Here are some simple ways to make your bedroom sleep-friendly.
5 Simple Ways to Make Your Bedroom Sleep-Friendly
Regulate the temperature in your bedroom – Did you know that cooler (not cold) temperatures are better for your body when it comes to getting the most restful sleep possible? Make your bedroom more sleep friendly by keeping the temperature cooler than the rest of the house. You can do this by running fans or by simply keeping the doors closed in the winter so that the warm air from the rest of the house can't get in (if your bedroom is well-heated, this will backfire). As cozy as it is, try not to sleep with too many heavy blankets and ideally, sleep in nothing at all or only something light.
Don’t make your room a place you do many things in– If your bedroom is also your office or the room you craft in, your mind will associate your room with other activities besides sleep. If you are struggling with sleep, this is something you must prioritize. Move other activities out into a common living area if you can to avoid making your room a multipurpose spot.
Try to limit light sources – If you can, get blackout curtains and make sure to shut them at night. Consider finding a way to block out small light sources such as blinking lights from electronics, your phone charging, or even an alarm clock. Face these objects away from you.
Employ aromatherapy – Aromatherapy can be a very effective way to make our bedrooms sleep friendly. You can either use a diffuser or simply spray a mixture of witch hazel and essential oils onto your pillows and blankets. Some scents that help with sleep and relaxation are lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot, and cedarwood. Make sure you have no allergies to these oils and like the smell before you spray them on your pillow.
Get rid of clutter around you – Similar to not using your room for a multipurpose room, don’t use it as a storage room either. This can be a challenge if your home doesn’t offer much storage, but sleeping in a room that doesn’t feel cluttered will help in many ways to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Additionally, getting rid of clutter tends to get rid of allergens and make the room have a better flow of air.