If you do things right, you will spend one-third of your entire life in bed.
But that’s only if you do not skimp on the recommended eight hours of snooze time each night.
Because sleep has enormous benefits to your physical and mental health, the bedroom by default becomes central to how you sleep.
So how can you get more out of your bedroom?
The following are tips to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly.
1. Make it a Zero Gadget Room
Gadgets have become so dominant in our lives that we take them everywhere, including the bathroom and the bedroom.
Want to sleep better? Banish technology from your bedroom. This goes for TV’s, Phones, laptops and so on.
If keeping your phone away will keep you awake thinking about all the life-changing calls you could miss out on, you can have it in your room but keep it away from bed.
2. Consider Feng Shui Principles
An ideal Feng shui bedroom promotes harmonious, sensual and vibrant vibes.
It’s both inviting and calming at the same time. Here are a few quick and easy tips for you:
- Use essential oils like lavender, chamomile, cedarwood and frankincense to lull you to sleep.
- Avoid having your bed in line with the door, but have a clear view of the door. This is said to put you in a more powerful position over your life.
- Avoid mirrors in your room as these are too energetic for a room that should be restful.
This creates a balance which is vital to a harmonious Feng shui energy.
3. The Bed is King
Go for a sturdy bed that requires some effort to push around.
Size matters as well. Buy a bed that fits your room perfectly but which leaves some space to move around, clean and so on.
Of more importance is picking the right mattress. A good mattress will allow you to relax and sleep well. On the other hand, some mattresses will strain your back and will make sleeping difficult.
As such, before picking any mattress, you must assess its quality. Mattresses are not all the same. As such, you must take your time to compare different brands.
On the surface, two brands may offer identical mattresses but if you look at the example of Ecosa vs Sleeping Duck comparison guide, you will realise that there could be significant differences in features.
With an Ecosa Mattress, you will enjoy perks such as adjustable firmness, air circulation system, open cell foam technology, and ergonomic support foam. You will not find these features in Sleeping Duck mattresses.
A great pillow is supportive, breathable and with contouring properties that allow it to fit around the shape of your head.
Take your time and actually test several pillows with your head before making a purchase.
5. Use Strategic Lighting
The kind of lighting you use can ease you into sleep or keep sleep at bay.
Blue light and spectrums of blue light closely mimic natural sunlight. This suppresses melatonin, which is the sleep hormone.
On the other hand, clinical studies have shown that red light supports sleep. This could be attributed to the fact that it has a low color temperature as compared to sunlight.
This helps your body to produce more melatonin helping you fall asleep faster, longer and deeper.
6. Hang Heavy Drapes
Depending on where you live and the direction your window faces, you might be host to intrusive light form moving vehicles, the sunrise, and even street and security lights.
Luckily, you can easily block these off with drapes made from dense, dark material.
7. Declutter Your Room
A new study has revealed that sleeping in a messy room, can among other things, cause sleeping problems.
As such, do not make your bedroom the storage space of all the things you do not need. Store your items neatly so that the room looks airy and fresh.
Get To Sleep
With your bedroom all set for sleep, the only other thing left to do is to prepare yourself psychologically.
One thing you can do is to establish a bedtime routine. This should see you slowing down two hours before bed. Use this time for relaxing activities such a bath, reading a book, meditation or listening to soothing music.
You will start sleeping better, and you will notice the positive effects this will have in virtually all areas of your life.