How To Make Your Bedroom An Oasis For Better Sleep

How To Make Your Bedroom An Oasis For Better Sleep

People tend to overlook their bedrooms when it comes to redecorating or designing the interior in general. We mainly focus on shared areas such as living rooms or kitchens, where it is more likely we’ll entertain guests.

However, since we spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, it should be only natural to pay attention to a room where we’ll spend most of that time at, and make it as comfortable and soothing as possible. Here are a couple of tips on how to make your bedroom an oasis for sleep:

Keep the Light Out

Naturally, you shouldn’t avoid sunlight, as it is terrific in improving your overall mood. However, when the night falls, and it’s time to go to sleep, make sure your bedroom is free of almost any light sources.

Our bodies are programmed to sleep when it’s dark. It might surprise you, but even lights coming from sources like TV, clocks, or street lamps, can obstruct the production of melatonin, a hormone which helps you sleep.  So, before you call it a day, turn off any devices or gadgets, dim the lights or switch them off completely. If you’re having trouble with outside interference, either install window shades or invest in a blackout curtain.

Lower the Temperature

Human bodies work in such a way that our temperature naturally decreases as we drift off to sleep. Lowered body heat helps in keeping us asleep longer. Hence, dropping the temperature in your bedroom is recommended if you want to have a good night’s sleep. Scientists recommend a room temperature between 16 and 20°C ( 60-67 °F).

So, even if you’re feeling cold, don’t fall into the temptation of raising the temperature on your thermostat. It is much better for your health and your sleep to warm up with extra blankets or a pair of socks.

Keep It Quiet

Generally, it is possible to fall asleep in a noisy environment. However, the quality of that sleep will be lousy and insufficient to reinvigorate you and make you feel rested the next day. People respond to outside stimuli quickly, which might be an evolutionary trait. Our ancestors who were living in the wilderness were forced to wake up as soon as they heard any noise.

Seeing as we don’t live with wild beasts anymore, you do not want to be woken up many times during the night. And even if you don’t wake up, that stimuli will force you to come out of deeper phases of sleep, and reduce the quality of it. You can tackle this problem by wearing earplugs or noise-canceling headphones, or by using a white noise machine. However, the best thing to do would be to install noise reduction windows, which will eliminate outside noise almost entirely.

Declutter the Space

Maybe you haven’t even thought about it, but a messy bedroom can seriously hinder your chances of good sleep. Tidy and clean areas always emit the feeling of calm and comfort. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to vacuum or dust your room daily. It’s the larger stuff that can make you lose sleep.

So, if you wake up every morning to the sight of a messy desk, clothes scattered around or books lying around on nightstands or tables, it’s time to get rid of them. Instead, opt for more calming stuff, like soothing pictures and photos. Just make sure you don’t overdo it, or you’ll clutter the space once again. So, a general rule you should follow here is „the fewer, the better,“ as your bedroom shouldn’t be a storage space.

Quality Mattress

Anyone who has ever had back or neck problems knows what a difference a fine mattress can make. Without having it, investing in redecorating the room probably wouldn’t make any sense, as you still wouldn’t get enough quality sleep. Even though it comes at a price, when you realize what difference it has made, you won’t regret breaking the bank. So, it’s time to get rid of old, worn out mattress, and get a new one. Only then you will be able to understand the difference and the value of your investment.

If you need a place to retreat to at the end of the day, why not make a bedroom your sanctuary? After a long, stressful day, a bedroom should be a haven, where you could easily unwind and where nobody will be able to distract and trouble you. Luckily, by putting some thought to it and with just a little investment, you could make your bedroom a stress-free zone for better sleep!

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Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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