Make Your Bedroom a Restful Haven
And enjoy a great night's sleep
Creating a bedroom that is an oasis of calm and serenity will not only promote a good night’s sleep, it will help recharge your mind and body so that you greet the morning with positivity and renewed energy.
A bedroom should be a bedroom
The first rule about a bedroom is that you shouldn’t use it as anything else. A bedroom is for two things only, one of them being sleep. A bedroom should never be an extension of your office, a storage space or a TV room. A bedroom should be a space where you can close the door on the outside world so that when you step over the threshold, your mind knows it’s time to relax and, ultimately, sleep.
According to Healthline.com 20 degrees centigrade is the ideal temperature for a bedroom – although everybody is unique, so you may need to play with the thermostat to find your optimum sleep temperature. Plus, if you share a bedroom with a partner, you may need to compromise.
Change your mattress regularly
Do you ever find that you sleep better in a hotel? It could be that just being away from the everyday pressures of home helps you relax, but there could also be a more practical reason - good hotels replace their mattresses regularly. It’s easy to get used to a mattress that sags in all the wrong places and has springs that groan every time you turn over, but If you’ve been sleeping on the same mattress for more than eight years, it’s probably time to invest in a new one.
Now you’ve got the basics covered, it’s time to have some fun with colour. Obviously, personal taste will play a part in the shade you choose for your room. If hues of cream and ivory are your thing and make you feel chilled and ready for sleep, stick with them.
But if you are looking for a change, you may want to avoid purple, brown and grey – according to research carried out by hotel booking site, Travelodge, these colours are the worst for encouraging a good night’s sleep. Blues, yellows and greens, on the other hand, were shown to promote healthier sleep patterns – 58% of those questioned with a blue room reported waking up happy.
Fill your room with fragrance
Infusing your bedroom with relaxing fragrances is another great step towards turning it into a sanctuary of slumber. You can create your own pillow spray by adding a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or bergamot, to water. Give your bedding a quick spritz an hour before slipping beneath the covers so the scent has time to fill the space. Over time the fragrance will become a permanent part of your bedroom environment, helping you nod off in no time.
Put it into words
If you are a fan of an inspirational quotes, why not find one that resonates with you and turn it into a simple work of art for your bedroom wall? This can act as something to meditate on as you drift off to sleep, a mantra that tells your mind it’s time to switch off for the night.
Here are a few that may work for you, but everyone is different, so take your time to find your sleep mantra and make it a fixture in your serene bedroom environment.
“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” William Blake
“Sleep is the best meditation.” Dalai Lama
“Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.” William Shakespeare
“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will move mountains." Napoleon Bonaparte