A lot of us struggle to get enough sleep and having a busy schedule doesn’t help. Thankfully, changing your bedtime habits and bedroom décor can make a world of difference.
Keep reading to find out how to optimize your bedroom and get a better night’s rest.
Unplug from Your Personal & Business Life
Powering down your cell phone, closing your laptop, and turning off your TV will help you relax and put your mind at ease. Not paying attention to your work and personal technology will help your mind drift away when it’s time for bed.
Blue light emitted from electronic devices suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, making it more difficult to sleep. It also delays and decreases REM sleep, which can make you feel tired the next day.
Set Up Your Bedroom
There are numerous factors to consider when trying to optimize your bedroom for sleep. Temperature plays an important role, and it’s actually easier to fall asleep in a room that’s on the cooler side. Much like blue light, a warm room can suppress the release of melatonin.
Adding plant life will help with air quality and breathing and can help create a tranquil space for you to doze off. You can also fill the room with scents you love to help you relax. Grab your favourite scent warmers or oil diffusers and place them on your nightstand or dresser.
Another more obvious tip is to make sure your room is dark. Now is the time to turn off your TV (or don’t have one in the bedroom at all) and get rid of all other electronic devices. Switch off all lights and close any blinds or drapes that could let natural light in to disrupt your sleep.
Unwanted sounds can also irritate you as you try to rest. For people in particularly noisy homes or areas, earplugs can be useful. Another great option is a sleep aid such as a sound machine or white noise device with a built-in alarm clock. These great inventions can help block out street noise, barking dogs, loud neighbours, and plenty of other sleep irritants.
Creating a relaxing sanctuary can help revive your body for another busy day. Follow our blog for more great tips!