12 Mar How to turn your bedroom into a restful haven
To get a really good night’s sleep, it’s important that our environment is set up in the right way to make that happen. Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do to turn our bedrooms into a calm, relaxing sanctuary. Soon you’ll be drifting off into a deep and restorative sleep and awaking refreshed and ready to face the day ahead.
The steps you can take are really simple too, so read on to discover how you can turn your bedroom into a wonderful, restful haven.
Softly does it
To create a calming space, consider opting for a softer, more neutral tones rather than bright colours. If you want a splash of statement colour, then go for deep blues and royal reds which will help to make larger spaces feel cosy. If your bedroom is on the smaller size, create an illusion of space with a lighter palette.
Nothing looks more comforting and inviting than a bed layered up with lots cushions and throws. You could create a style statement and opt for contrasting patterns and colours or keep it simple and coordinated for a sophisticated feel. Be careful of making it too inviting though, or you may never want to leave your bed!
Have a clear out
It’s difficult to relax in a space that’s cluttered. Let’s face it, you can’t switch off if you constantly find yourself in bed surrounded by piles of books or clothes that need to be thrown out. Ideally your bedroom should have as little as possible in it. So, make some time to get organised and finally get rid of all that stuff you no longer need.
Ditch the tech and turn down those lights
There is certainly nothing relaxing about bright lighting. Instead, create a soothing ambience and unwind in the evening with low lit lamps. Candles can also be a lovely way to bring some calming light into the space. You’ll also want to remove all blue-light emitting devices such as mobile phones, tablets and televisions, as the blue light can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy. Blue light exposure close to bedtime can also throw off your body’s natural circadian rhythm affecting your sleep-wake cycle.
Keep your cool
A bedroom that’s too hot or too cold can make it difficult to feel comfortable enough to sleep. The optimal bedroom temperature is around 16 – 18ºC (60 – 65ºF), although this may be slightly higher for young children and the elderly. When it’s warmer, keep the room well ventilated and use a fan if necessary. During colder weather, you may want to have extra layers, such as a blanket close to hand. Hot water bottles and bed socks may also be useful.
It’s where you’re spending the night, so you should ensure that your bed is really comfortable and supports your back and neck properly, to avoid any aches or pains. If you’re sharing, then you should also ensure that there is enough space for the both of you, so you don’t disturb each other. A queen or king size bed will should be spacious enough. It is also well worth investing in really good quality bed linen, such as that from the barker collection. Unlike cheaper, low quality bedding, bed linen with a high thread count can last for years if laundered properly. Not only are cotton sheets with a high thread count super soft, they also wick moisture away to keep you dry and comfortable. Investing in high quality bed linen really can make all the difference to your sleep, so it’s well worth doing.
Block it out
From outside car and street lights, to those early summer sunrises, there’s lots of distracting light that could affect the quality of our sleep. For undisturbed sleep, it’s crucial that the room is as dark as possible. If you find that light is keeping you awake or waking you up, then it may be worth investing in a black out option. From curtains with a black out lining, to temporary black out blinds that stick to the window, there’s plenty of ways to ensure that unwanted light doesn’t stop you getting that important rest.
Noise is another factor that can make the difference between a great night and a really poor night. If distracting noise is an issue, you may want to try white noise, from a fan for example, to block it out. Alternatively, a quality set of ear plugs could be useful.
Take some time at the end of the day to relax and unwind. You’ll find it difficult to get to sleep if you still have events from the day going round in your mind. So, set some time aside just for you. Whether you read a book, write in a journal, do some yoga or even take CBD oil from Cubid CBD – basically anything that helps you switch off and prepare for sleep.
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