Unless you’re one of the lucky few that can hit the hay and be asleep within minutes, it’s likely you struggle to switch off and drift off.
There is a lot of information online about nighttime activities and how these can impact our sleep: It’s recommended you avoid scrolling on your phone, read before bed or get up for a distraction if you’re tossing and turning.
But this isn’t the only way you can improve your chances of a good night’s sleep.
Eating the right foods and even reorganising your room can help.
This is why this post is all about how you can improve your bedroom layout and make it a dreamy space for a snooze.
Almost every article about redecorating and cleaning your house will start with a good declutter. Keeping your bedroom neat and clean is the first step to a decluttered mind. How can you relax when there is so much stuff around?
There are even studies that prove those who try to sleep in a cluttered space will struggle and take much longer to fall asleep.
If you’re prone to sleepwalking, decluttering will certainly stop you from getting injured as you head out on your midnight stroll too…
A lot of people swear by using lavender and other essential oils to help them fall asleep. Lavender is particularly good for calming anxiety – ultimately making it much easier to drop off. Using a scented candle as you wind down (probably not a good idea to fall asleep with the candle still on!), some incense or essential oils might be exactly what you need.
Alternatively, musty or stuffy air can also make it hard to sleep, so let in the freshness by opening your bedroom windows during the day.
Author of The Doctor’s Guide to Sleep Solutions for Stress & Anxiety (catchy), Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg, says cooling blues and greens are the best for helping you feel relaxed before bed. There is a lot of psychology to be learned about paint colours and how it impacts your mood. Reds or purples in the bedroom can create a more stressful or irritating feeling – which is less than ideal.
A good mattress is key to a good night’s sleep. You’ve likely heard of Princess and the Pea, and while it might not be a green pod keeping you awake, even the slightest difference in mattress firmness can significantly impact your quality of sleep.
When was the last time you actually cleaned your sheets?
Take it even further, and when was the last time you thought about vacuuming your mattress?
Well, as you probably know just how good fresh sheets feel, this should be enough to get you to regularly change your bedding – and it can certainly help you fall into a snooze.
What’s more, although you might not realise it, there could be allergens in your room that are causing your restlessness. If you’ve noticed your breathing is a little off, or you’re more sniffly than usually, vacuuming your mattress, duvet and pillows may just alleviate the symptoms.
Hopefully, this guide has given you a few new tricks to try. Or perhaps this post was so boring; it’s sent you straight to sleep! Either way, our work is done.