We all know that getting adequate rest is important for our health, but how many of us can honestly say that we sleep well on a regular basis?
If you have trouble falling asleep or wake up still feeling tired and groggy, look around you- your bedroom could be contributing your sleep troubles.
Luckily, better sleep is just several small changes away. Just follow these tried-and-true tips and tricks on setting up your bedroom for ideal sleep.
Declutter Your Bedroom
The easiest way to set up your bedroom for ideal sleep is to simply get rid of clutter and tidy up your space- it makes a difference without costing a thing!
Many studies have shown that clutter raises anxiety and stress levels, and that’s one of the last things you want to happen when you’re trying to sleep.
Paint Your Bedroom in Soothing Hues
While painting the walls will cost you some money and time, the pay-off is well worth it because the color of a room significantly impacts your mood.
If you want your bedroom to feel relaxing and peaceful, paint your bedroom walls blue, which happens to be the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.
If you want your bedroom to feel warm and cozy, opt for gold walls- gold carries the warmth of yellow without being too bright or stimulating.
You can also style your bedroom in these colors with your decor or bedding; for added affect, include serene scenes from nature, plants, or even a table fountain.
Keep Your Bedroom Dark, Cool, and Quiet
We have an easier time falling asleep under certain conditions because our bodies naturally respond to the stimuli in our environment.
Light tells our biological clock that it’s daytime, so any form of light- lamps, night lights, screens, streetlights, moonlight- can disturb our sleep.
For ideal sleep, it’s best to sleep in complete darkness, so turn off all lights and electronics, hang up black-out curtains, and wear a sleep mask, if necessary.
If you want some light in your bedroom, use warm, dim lighting as it signals your brain that it’s time to wind down and dim your alarm clock screen as well.
Some like it hot, others like it cold, but studies show that the ideal room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition to adjusting the thermostat, you can also regulate your room temperature by turning on a fan, using a space heater, installing window treatments, and changing your bedding.
Noise level preferences may vary widely, but sudden noises- or the lack of consistent sound or silence- can disrupt our sleep.
If you prefer quietness but there are noises out of your control, a white noise or sound machine- or even a fan- can help drown out those sounds, providing more consistency while you sleep.
These are also good options for those who don’t like to sleep in silence. If you can only fall asleep to music or video, set a timer for it to turn off after you’ve fallen asleep so you aren’t woken up by any sudden noises.
Sleep in a Comfortable Bed
Having a comfortable bed is especially important for a good night’s sleep. To make your bed more cozy, invest in quality blankets and bed sheets and get a new pillow every one to two years.
Of course, your mattress should also be comfy, encouraging you to relax and fall asleep. If your mattress is less than ideal, though, you might want to consider replacing your mattress because it could be hindering your sleep as well as your overall health.
Some scents like lavender are known to promote sleep, so plug in an essential oil diffuse or use a scented spray around your bedroom before you go to bed.
Vanilla, sandalwood, and frankincense are other good scents to use in your bedroom, but any other relaxing scent that you like will also work, too.
If your sleep could be better, we hope that these tips and tricks for setting up your bedroom will help you get closer to ideal sleep.
Do you have any other bedroom solutions that help you sleep better? Let us know by commenting below!