Updated: Jun 16
An often-overlooked aspect to creating more calm in your life is your physical health. When your body feels better, you're bound to have an improved mental outlook. A key component to better health is getting a good night's rest. This can be difficult for many of us when our lives are jam-packed and our minds are constantly on overdrive. Follow these tips for creating a calm and relaxing bedroom, so you can start getting better sleep and living a calmer life in no time.
Get Your Best Mattress
First and foremost, the best mattress you can afford is a recommended investment. It’s best to go to the store in person so you can test out mattresses until you find the one that feels best for you. It's a good idea to buy from somewhere that allows for a trial period to make sure you love the mattress and get the best sleep possible.
Keep it Cool
Temperature matters when it comes to getting a good night's rest. Cooler temperatures signal to the body that it’s time to sleep, so keeping the room cool is an effective tool for better rest.
Make it Dark
Waking up to see light filtering in through the curtains can disturb your rest and make it harder to fall back asleep. That's why it's smart to add light-blocking drapes to your bedroom. Avoid adding night lights if at all possible. Keeping things nice and dark will keep your sleep full and restful.
Add Soothing Colors
Color matters when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. Cool, calming colors are best for the bedroom. A nice pastel shade promotes rest and relaxation far better than a brighter hue. Save the brights for more energetic spaces like the kitchen or living room.
Make it Neat
This one goes without saying. In order to feel at peace and able to rest in your space, you should keep physical clutter to a minimum. Seeing piles of laundry to be put away or the paperwork that's waiting for you in the morning will not put you in the right frame of mind for rest. It’s a good idea to get rid of other types of distractions in the bedroom like television, computers, and excessive décor also.
Reconsider Your Alarm Clock
Not only is it important to sleep restfully at night, but also to consider the way you wake up in the morning. A harsh, high-pitched, buzzing alarm clock is jarring and can cause you to feel anxious or agitated, instead of rested and rejuvenated. Instead, find an alarm that wakes you gradually, with music that increases slowly in volume or that adds increments of light to help you to adjust to the waking hours. Make sure to set the alarm early enough to give yourself time to wake slowly.
It is my hope that with these tips, you can create the bedroom of your dreams-- and spend more time dreaming during restful sleep! I hope this post has shown you how your surroundings can make a BIG difference in your sleep quality. For this reason, it’s worthwhile to make your room as pleasant to all five senses as you can in order to enhance rest.
Blessings & Love,