It’s common knowledge that a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health, but if you’re finding it hard to fall (or stay) asleep, maybe your bedroom is to blame.
Follow these tips to keep the busy vibe of the rest of your home from following you into your bedroom.
1. Clean out the clutter
The first thing you should do to create a more peaceful bedroom is to clear it of any clutter.
It’s impossible to relax when your bedroom is cluttered with things that don’t belong or that aren’t put where they belong.
Following the principle of eliminating things from your home that you don’t use and love will help you easily discard what you don’t need or use.
2. Choose soothing colors
Think soft, cool colors such as soft blues, grays, whites or greens for your walls and bed linens.
The best options are colors with shades of blue and green, mid-tone or pastel work best; avoid bright, harsh colors and use bold colors as accents rather than the main color. For the ultimate relaxing feel opt for a combination of white and soft colors.
3. Add living things
Don’t worry, there are a wide variety of plants that require minimal upkeep, yet bring a feeling of life and calmness to your bedroom space.
One large plant in the corner or a group of plants on your nightstand or dresser is all you need to enjoy the peace that living things will bring to your space.
4. Add a comfortable bed
Don’t scrimp on your bed. Spend what it takes to purchase a quality mattress that gives you the support you need to sleep comfortably.
Extend the life of your mattress by regularly flipping and turning it to reduce sagging and wear.
If you simply cannot afford a new mattress, find the best mattress topper you can to add comfort and support to your current mattress.
Next, get soft, high quality sheets, a warm blanket and a thick comfort. Add plenty of pillows and a soft throw blanket to add to the inviting and comfortable feel of your bed.
5. Add soft lighting
Choose soft white or amber color bulbs for the lamps and overhead lights in your bedroom. Opt for 3-way bulbs, or add lamps with dimmers to allow you to control the amount of light in your room.
6. Eliminate electronics
Keep all electronics out of your bedroom.
While it might not seem like it, the softly flickering light emanating from appliances such as your smartphone, computer, tablet and/or television can interfere with your brain getting the signal that it’s time to sleep.
7. Soothe your senses
Finally, think about how your bedroom smells and sounds.
Not to be rude here, but dirty laundry piled up in the corner or spread across the floor is not going to lend a peaceful feeling to your bedroom.
Add a reed diffuser filled with the scent of warm vanilla, lavender, rose or fragrant jasmine. Or, place a beautiful, fresh bouquet of flowers in a pretty vase on your dresser or nightstand.
A sound machine or a soothing water fountain can help block out noise from the rest of the household and turn your bedroom into an inviting oasis you can’t wait to enjoy.
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