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How To Design A Sleep-Friendly Bedroom

You spend a third of your life in bed. But why aren’t you getting enough sleep? Well, your bedroom may have something to do with it. So it’s time you started creating a room that is ideal for getting a good night’s sleep.

Your room should be a place of calm and relaxation. Whether you have a big or small bedroom, here are simple and easy tips that will help make your bedroom conducive to healthy sleep.

  1. Minimize your bedroom lights. An ideal place for sleeping should be dark or almost pitch black. No light should come from lamps, the light post outside your house or electronic devices such as your TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. Use thick, heavy curtains to block out any light source that comes from outside your windows. If possible, place all your electronic devices outside the bedroom.
  1. Decorate your bedroom with things you love. Since your room is a personal space, make it as inviting as you can so you’ll look forward to spending time in your room at the end of a long and busy day. Make sure you always keep your room clean and remove all clutter, so you can start to sleep better. You should also make your bed each morning.
  1. Keep your bedroom at a cool temperature. As you sleep, your body’s temperature becomes slightly lower. Having a cool bedroom will signal your body to transition from wakefulness to sleep. Experts suggest that the ideal room temperature for sleeping should be anywhere between 60 to 65 degrees.
  1. Choose a comfortable bed. Some people prefer a soft surface while others like a firm mattress. You should also choose comfortable pillows, sheets, and blankets. You have many options to choose from. So it’s better if you take some time to decide what’s best for your sleep needs. So remember, comfort is essential.
  1. Your bedroom must be quiet. Prevent any noise or distractions from disrupting your sleep. That is why your TV and other gadgets should stay outside the bedroom. You can use a white noise machine or earplugs to block out ambient sound. Listening to soothing music or relaxing nature sounds can also help you sleep.
  1. Use fragrant scents. If you’re not allergic or sensitive, some scents can help you relax and improve your mood. The most popular scent is lavender. It can help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. On the other hand, scents like mint or citrus can help you feel invigorated in the morning. So try using air fresheners, sprays or essential oils.
  1. Use soothing colors for your room. Don’t use dark shades like cobalt blue or something similar. Paint your room with softer green or blue tones that can make your bedroom feel serene and relaxing. You’ll have an easier time falling asleep.

Nothing feels better than ending a long, hard day relaxing in a bedroom that is designed for a good night’s sleep. Try the tips listed above and see what works best for you. We hope you enjoy many nights of restful sleep.