When designing or decorating your bedroom, what aspects of the design
did you consider? The size and position of the bed? What style of lamps and end
tables to use? Did you choose any items or designs that would help you sleep?
Too often we get so caught up in making a room look good that we forget
to make it feel good. If you are having trouble sleeping, the problem may not
be from stress, or even require medication, it could just be your bedroom
layout. Give these handy tips a try to give yourself a good night’s sleep.
Dimming Your Lights
The only place bright light is relaxing is the beach, so why are the
lights in our bedrooms so bright? Use low-watt,
soft bulbs in your lighting. This includes your overhead lighting and your
lamps. Adding a dimmer switch to your overhead lighting is also a great way to
keep the brightness at bay and to conserve energy. Another great way to control
the amount of light in your bedroom is to use blackout curtains. These come in
many styles and colors and are great at blocking out sunlight in the day and
city lights at night.
Did you know certain colors trigger certain moods? Choose colors and
patterns that trigger a relaxing feeling for you. Colors such as grays, browns, soft blues, and beige are all
soft warm colors that can lower blood pressure and help put you into a calm, relaxed
state. The same concept applies to the pattern on your linens and the artwork
on your walls. Keep busy patterns and artwork
out of your bedroom. It's hard to focus
on sleep when there is a lot going on in your room, which leads to the next
Your bedroom is for rest and sleep, so why do you need everything else
in your room? You don’t, so clean it out. The only thing allowed to sit on your
dresser and end tables is a jewelry box, alarm clock, and lamps. Everything else needs to go. Keep dirty laundry
in a hamper in your closet and your closet door closed. Clean and open surfaces
keep you calm and focused. Keeping your bedroom clean improves your sleep. (The
same idea for keeping your office clean can help make you more productive!)
Plant Life and
Everything about nature is calming
except, of course, hurricanes and tornados.
But when it comes to plant life, there are many species that aid in sleep and
relaxation. Lush green plants, such as
ferns, keep the air fresh and clean plus
make the room just feel better. Herbs such as lavender give off a beautiful
aroma that greatly aids in sleep.
There are many more tips for
making your bedroom a more comfortable and peaceful place to sleep, but these
are a great place to start. If you are struggling with insomnia, give these tips a try and be on your way to a more
restful night’s sleep.