What’s the best feeling in this world? While there isn’t a single correct answer to this question, it won’t be wrong to say that waking up in the morning and feeling like you’ve had the right amount of sleep is one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences.
Let’s face it – there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a night of sound uninterrupted sleep. It helps repair your body and prepares your mind to face the hurdles of the next day. But if you’re familiar with the feeling of morning grogginess, you’d know that getting proper sleep every night is easier said than done.
In fact, according to the American Sleep Association, roughly 10% of U.S. adults suffer from chronic insomnia. Another 30% of adults also claim to have experienced short-term insomnia. Moreover, nearly 70 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep disorders.
But this doesn’t mean you should accept your sleep troubles and resign to your fate. Instead, you should figure out ways to improve your quality of sleep. Various factors, including your lifestyle and eating habits, influence your sleep patterns.
But one of the biggest factors that affect your sleep is the design and appearance of your bedroom. Minor modifications, such as installing a few blackout shades on windows or eliminating electronic gadgets from the bedroom, can go a long way to improve your quality of sleep.
In this blog, we’ll explore a few useful ways for transforming your bedroom into a haven of peaceful slumber. Let’s get started.
1. Get Rid of the Clutter
Imagine a bedroom littered with clothes, files, and books all around. Now throw in some gym equipment in one corner and add a TV to one of the walls. Also, add a dresser that’s overflowing with jewelry and accessories. Would you be able to fall asleep in such a place?
That’s why the first thing you should do is declutter your bedroom. Get rid of any objects and personal belongings that might distract you during bedtime or increase your stress levels. Use closets, cabinets, ottomans, and drawers to keep all your clothes, bags, accessories, and other knick-knacks out of your sight.
Next, weed out any reminders of work and academics. These include your laptop, tablet, files, books, and any other resources/tools that you use at work or for your studies. The idea is to reserve the bedroom for sleep-related activities only.
This is also a good time to take a look at the walls and clear out any stimulating artwork that might keep you up at night. Replace those with serene paintings of nature and photographs of your loved ones.
2. Focus on the Bed
Have you ever wondered why you enjoy a sound sleep in hotel rooms while you keep tossing and turning in your own bedroom? Chances are it has something to do with the bed. If your bed isn’t comfortable and inviting, it won’t be conducive to peaceful slumber.
To begin with, make sure you invest in a high-quality mattress that provides the right balance between comfort and support. Next, layer the bed with cozy and visually pleasing linen. It’s a good idea to choose light and soothing colors for your bedsheets and pillow covers.
Make sure your bed linen is made from high-quality fabric that keeps your body cool at night. Add plenty of soft pillows and cushions, as well as a duvet to amp up the warmth. This is also a good time to consider getting a weighted blanket from a reputed manufacturer.
Unlike regular blankets, a weighted blanket is filled with plastic pellets or glass beads. The extra weight of these pellets/beads simulates the effect of being hugged or swaddled when you wrap the blanket around your body.
This, in turn, provides emotional security and comfort, thus helping you fall asleep. It’s particularly helpful if you struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders.
3. Pick Cool & Neutral Colors for the Walls
The last thing you want is to stare at a bright red or magenta wall during bedtime. While warm colors can make you feel at home, they could be too stimulating and stress-inducing when you’re trying to doze off.
Instead, you should paint your bedroom walls in cool hues of blue, gray, green, etc. In fact, research indicates that blue is the most conducive color for a good night’s sleep, followed by moss green, pale yellow, and silver. If cool colors feel a little too dull for your taste, you could also choose neutral shades, such as beige and light brown.
What bedroom decor hacks have you used to improve your quality of sleep? Share your suggestions in the comments section below.