Create Your Ideal Sleep Space
Decor for Dreaming Easy
Sleep experts say that the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep every night to stay healthy, and there are several ways to help improve your sleeping environment. We talked about some of them here.
Now, we’re going to talk about your bedroom itself and how to make sure it’s a welcoming oasis that you love to fall asleep in every night.
How to Create a Bedroom Oasis
Here are a few tips on how to harness a good night’s sleep that you can do in a couple of hours on the weekend and reap the long-term benefits immediately:
1. First things first, clear your room of clutter. Stepping into your room for the night and seeing a pile of junk or dirty clothes is not relaxing. Make sure that your bedroom space is clean and tidy so that you can relax without having to avoid looking at the stack of clothes you’ve yet to put away.
2. Along those same lines, your bedroom needs to be off-limits to the chaos of daily activity. Invest in cabinets and dressers that allow you store (or hide) things that must go into the space and keep the rest out. Don’t use your room as a catch-all for the items you bring home each week.
3. When getting those important pieces like a dresser, remember not to crowd your bedroom with too many things. Take out any extra furniture or items, like an exercise bike, that shouldn’t be in there. Instead, create a reading or meditation spot in any open space of the room complete with a small chair and table, a lamp, and candles. You can even put up a screen or a room divider to create a sense of privacy and separation.
4. Remove or hide electronics. If you need your devices in your room, hide them and the end of the night so that you can keep the blue light to a minimum. Consider replacing your TV with a sound system so that you aren’t up in bed watching TV but instead listening to relaxing music. Small table lamps and dimmer switches will help to create a relaxed ambiance and cut down on the bright overhead light.
5. Bring in leafy, low-maintenance plants to create a tranquil atmosphere and naturally purify the air. You can even bring in fresh flowers once a week. A study found that office workers felt more relaxed when working near a vase of flowers. These natural elements will also help to create a spa-like feel and can help the room to smell fresh and clean.
6. When you really want to up your scent game, use essential oils. A number of scents are connected to reduced stress and there are several easy ways to incorporate them into your room. You can get a diffuser, whether its electronic or uses reeds. You can also find ceramic diffusers that look like little flowers. Another way is to buy or make potpourri. Or you could mix in a drop or two of your favorite oils into a spray bottle with water and use the scent as an air freshener. Bergamot, eucalyptus, chamomile, lavender, lemon, marjoram, neroli, orange, sandalwood, valerian, and ylang-ylang are all very relaxing scents.
7. If your room is due for a fresh coat of paint or you just want to change things up, try out a color that you find especially calming. If you’re not sure which color to choose, go for a blue tone. Scientists say blue is great for a bedroom because it affects the autonomic (the part that operates without your conscious control) nervous system to lower the heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. Advocates of color therapy state that blue has a calming, relaxing effect and assists to lull you to sleep. You can also incorporate this by adding sky-colored blankets, pillows, and rugs into the space. Overall when you’re decorating, try out graduated shades of one color, preferably a soft, restful color.
8. Invest in Good Bedding. Our team of sleep experts can help you understand your unique needs and help you find the right mattress, bed frame, adjustable base, pillows, and mattress protectors for your life. We carry some of the top brands, like Tempur Sealy, and know that we can help you get the right bed to create the ideal sleep space. Additionally, your bedding will also include sheets, blankets, throws, and pillows that match the vibe of your room and create a tranquil experience. Choose soft, high-quality fabrics in color or patterns that you find calming or comforting that will be sure to stand the test of time.
9. You might also want to try out a couple of feng shui tips. Feng shui aims to achieve harmony between the physical and the spiritual. If you want to give this a shot, it’s suggested that you position your bed diagonally across the room from the door and so that when you lie in it, a window is at your right for positive energy. You’ll also want to keep desks and computers, along with any work-related energy, out of the bedroom.
10. One final touch. When you’re happy, you’ll sleep better. So, fill your walls with art that makes you smile and keeps the calm, centered vibe going. You can try for abstract pieces with patterns or solid colors. You can put up quotes or typography pieces that boost your mood. Whatever you like best. This is your personal space and it should reflect your personal style.
If you have any questions about mattresses or bedroom sets, we’re happy to help. Give us a call or contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rachel Johnson