Your bedroom probably serves multiple purposes — laundry room, office, library etc. Its primary function, though, is a place where you can get much needed sleep. It is important that your bedroom is actually designed to make it conducive to sleeping. While it seems like doing so is pretty straightforward as long as you have a bed made up with sheets and a blanket of some sort, it is not that simple.
1. Your Mattress Matters
Getting the type of sleep you need to function at your best starts with a solid foundation: your mattress. Not just any old mattress will do though. Your mattress cannot be too hard or too soft. It should not be lumpy or sag. If it does not provide you with enough support, you will likely toss and turn all night long as you try to get comfortable.
- Purchasing a new mattress is expensive and considered an investment. Take some time and research your options before you make a final decision.
- Try it before you buy it. Narrow down your options to a few top choices and head out to a well-rated bedding store. Make sure you lay down on each of the different types of mattresses to test them out at the store. Check the warranty before you purchase a mattress. Many offer a 30 or 60 day guarantee so you can bring it back if you are not completely happy.
- Make sure your bed is large enough. Sleeping in a bed that is too small will adversely affect your quality of sleep. Make sure your bed is large enough to allow you to stretch out fully with plenty of room to spare.
2. Keep It Dark
You really do sleep better in the dark. The human body is hard-wired to wind down and sleep when darkness falls and wake up as it becomes light due to its circadian cycle. Disruptions in that cycle due to alarm clocks, street lights and cell phones can disrupt the REM sleep that is needed by the body to feel refreshed. Placing cell phones and alarm clocks in a drawer or armoire ensures that their light will not penetrate your awareness. Keep the glare of street lights to a minimum with room darkening shades and blinds.
3. Check the Temperature
While many sleep experts recommend keeping your bedroom kool to help with the quality of your sleep, this might not be the right choice for you. If you have been keeping your room cool and you still are not sleeping well, try raising the thermostat. On the other hand, if you find that you have a hard time keeping your room cool enough to sleep in, consider adding some drapes to keep the warm weather at bay.
4. Think Soothing and Calming for Bedroom Colors and Sounds
Bright colors can make a room feel too busy and energetic when it comes time for sleeping. Instead, stick with soothing paint colors like pastels or muted greens and blues on your walls. Save the bright colors for those accents in your bedroom such as pillows or pull knobs. Incorporate soothing and rhythmic sounds such as waves gently crashing or crickets chirping using a sound machine.
5. Clean it Up
Clutter can cause anxiety that can lead to sleep deprivation. Keeping your bedroom clean and neat can ease your mind so that you are not thinking about it while you are trying to fall to sleep. Throw away or donate items that you no longer use. Store those things you do use in closed drawers and behind closet doors.
There is actually quite a bit that you can do to set the stage so that you have a good night’s sleep. Using the above steps, you can design a better bedroom so you can get the sleep you need.