The internet holds many suggestions on how to get a better night’s sleep. Many of the suggestions involve lifestyle changes, like getting regular exercise, sleeping at regular times, and de-stressing before bed. While much of this advice is helpful and can even turn your life around, many of these articles don’t offer advice on another way you can get better sleep: improving your bedroom.
Often, we don’t spend much time in our bedroom, except for going to sleep. We do our reading, eating, TV watching, phone-talking, and internet browsing in another room. When it comes time to go to bed, the room can seem like the least-lived in part of our home. We may even have neglected to give our bedroom much of a personality… the living room got all the art prints, and all our bedroom got was an old quilt. This kind of de-emphasis on comfort might actually be contributing to our quality of sleep. Our bedroom should feel like the safest, coziest room in our home. There are a couple of things we can do to get it there.
Improve your bedding
If you’re young, you may be sleeping on a mattress left over from your childhood, or one that you got for free from a friend. If you’re older, you may be sleeping on a mattress you and your spouse finally compromised on (and neither of you is happy with.) Either way, if you didn’t carefully hand-pick your mattress for optimal comfort… you might want to get a new mattress. Your mattress is the ship by which you sail to dreamland every night, and if your comfort isn’t optimal, it’s not going to be smooth sailing. The same goes for your quilt and sheets. Often, cheap sheets are scratchy, and some people have even found that cotton sheets improve their quality of rest, so it’s worth it to look into different sheets. A plush, fluffy comforter will also help ensure feelings of coziness. Last but not least, your pillow is important not only for each night’s comfort, but for the well-being of your shoulders and neck in the long run. Therapeutic pillows are an excellent way to aid a better night of sleep.
Improve your room
Besides your bedding, there’s one more way to improve your sleeping conditions, and that’s to make some changes to your room. Peaceful wall colors, beauty, and relaxing smells like lavender can all help make your bedroom a haven of comfort. Glaring morning sun can be stopped with good curtains or blinds, and you can buy blinds online that will keep the sun from interrupting early morning slumber.
There are plenty of ways to spruce up our rooms and add comfort–all of which will result in a better night of sleep.