We all want a better night’s sleep! You just feel so much better and have a happier day when you are well rested. I love when you can make simple changes to your life and see great results. Turning your bedroom into a sleep haven is no exception.
It really doesn’t take a lot of work to make your bedroom optimized for sleep. Just a few changes to the room itself and to your bedtime habits can go a long way to getting a full night’s rest.
Before you start taking sleeping pills or counting sheep, make a few of these simple changes to see if they help you sleep through the night.
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Make it Comfortable and Zen
A lot of people have dust mite allergies that can prevent you from breathing and sleeping well. Use a pillow and mattress protector like the ones from AllerEase to help you sleep more soundly.
Choose colors that are sleep friendly like: blues, moss green, pale yellows, and silver.
Set your thermostat between 60-68°F. You may begin to sweat if it is hotter or shiver if it is too cold, which will disrupt sleep.
The average person sleeps 3,000 hours per year so you want to invest in a quality mattress. I did a Qomfort mattress review and I still use that mattress in my bedroom. It is sooo comfortable and was very affordable.
I love that there are so many mattress options that can be shipped right to your door. A lot of them offer free trial periods so you can actually see what it is like to sleep on them for a full night. Not just for a few minutes in a mattress store!
Lavender is a great scent to have in the bedroom. I recommend getting a lavender diffuser for your bedside table. You can use essential oils if that is something you are into, too!
Get Rid of Distractions
I know it is nice to snuggle with your fur baby at night but when it is time to go to bed, they need to be out of the room.
Pets may wake you with their movements and noises, even if you don’t realize it. At the very least, make them sleep on the floor, instead of the bed.
Phones are another huge distraction that should be kept out of the room. I like to sleep with my phone in the room in case there is an emergency so I make sure to set it to the Do Not Disturb or Airplane Mode setting.
Another thing to keep out of the room is the TV. It can emit blue light and it can be too stimulating to watch right before bed.
If you do have a TV in your room, don’t fall asleep while watching it. Watch some TV, then read a book for 15-20 minutes so your brain can get ready for sleep.
If you are a light sleeper, it is a good idea to use a white noise machine or a fan to drown out any outside noises. It will help lull you to sleep for a restful night.
Get Rid of the Light
There are so many sources of light in our bedrooms that can disrupt our sleep cycles.
If there is any light coming in from outside, even from the neighbor’s porch, block it out with blackout curtains. These were a lifesaver to me when I worked second-shift!
Many phone chargers emit blue light so charge your phone before bed or cover the charger with a towel or magazine to block the light.
If you use an alarm clock, make sure the numbers display is red or amber instead of blue or green since warmer hues are less disruptive.
Lastly, change your bedside table light bulbs to traditional incandescent bulbs instead of the energy saving LED and CFL bulbs. The energy saving bulbs emit blue light so you want to keep them off for at least 2 hours before bed. If you like to read before bed, the incandescent bulbs will be less disrupting to your sleep.
By using a few of these tips to turn your bedroom into a sleep haven and making some lifestyle changes: no caffeine after 2:00pm, exercise daily, and only use your bed for sleep (no TV), you should be sleeping like a baby in no time.
Let us know of any sleep tips that worked for you.