A comfy bed is often not enough to get good sleep.
Sometimes, you have to tweak the whole bedroom to make it conducive for rest.
If you’ve been having problems getting enough shuteye at night, here are some changes you can make to your bedroom so it’s easy to fall asleep.
Rethink the purpose of your bedroom
Your bedroom should only be a place of rest and romance. Anything other than that should be done outside. It’s important that you only associate the bedroom with these two things so that it’s easier for you to rest at night. If you have to think about exercising or working, that’ll stimulate your mind, making it hard to fall asleep.
Get rid of clutter
After you’ve decided what the purpose of your bedroom is, it’s time to get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose whether it’s the TV, your work laptop, face creams, etc. You can then replace them with items that help promote sleep such as candles, an eye mask, a boring book, your favorite essential oil. Even sleep aids are good. Sometimes, a weighted blanket can ease anxiety. Whatever you need to fall asleep faster, it should be in your bedroom.
Keep the room dark
Natural light is great during the day, but at night, all light sources should be removed, even your lamp. This helps with your circadian rhythm so you only associate daytime with wakefulness and nights with sleep. To achieve this, you’ll need to install blackout curtains. This helps eliminate outside light and keeps the room cool. Dark curtains can be especially helpful if you work night shifts but have to sleep during the day.
Keep the room quiet
Noise is another obstacle to getting good sleep. If there’s too much noise coming from outside, or there is an inconsistency of silence and noise, then you definitely won’t get that sleep that you need. Thankfully, there is a solution for this dilemma. It’s called a sound machine and it produces relaxing sounds that drown out noise. Purchase one for your bedroom so you’ll have more restful nights.
Keep the room cool
Staying cool is essential to sleeping comfortably. If it’s too hot, you’ll find yourself tossing and turning just to get to a comfortable position. You’ll want to make sure that the bedroom is at the right temperature so it’s neither too hot nor freezing. You might even want to consider sleeping naked. This prevents fabrics from getting in your way when you’re changing sleep positions, and helps you stay cool throughout the night.
Make the bed comfortable
Your bed should have just the right amount of softness and firmness for it to be comfortable. If you find yourself feeling aches and pains in the morning, your mattress could be the problem. In this case, you have to replace it with a brand new one –one that suits your comfort level best. Everyone is different so what might be too firm for you is already quite comfortable for another person.
Take your time shopping for the right mattress. It’s not enough to lie in it for 15 minutes. Sometimes, you have to sleep on a mattress for a couple of days to determine whether it’s right for you. Thankfully, there are mattress companies now that allow you to test out their product for as long as 90 days. Take advantage of these offers when shopping for the right mattress.
In addition, you’ll want to use the right linens for your bed. Avoid synthetic fibers as those tend to get hot fast. Instead, go for breathable fabrics like silk, bamboo, wool, and linen.
Is your current bedroom setup conducive to sleep? If not, which of these steps are you going to take first? Share your thoughts in the comments below.