From money and work worries to concerns for the political climate, the average person goes through a lot of stress in their day-to-day life. According to the American Psychological Association, one of the top causes of that stress is sleep deprivation. Naturally, getting more and better sleep will help to combat that, but it can help combat other stressors, too: the more well-rested you are, the better you’re able to combat life’s stressful situations.
One commonly overlooked tool in your getting-better-sleep arsenal is the space you’re sleeping in. By making your bedtime environment a peaceful, cozy place to sleep—by making your bedroom a sanctuary—you’ll get a better night’s sleep and be ready to take on whatever life throws at you come morning:
Think it Through
Experts recommend some particular ways to optimize your bedroom for sleep, such as regulating temperature, darkening the room, or blocking out light. These are great places to start creating your space, especially if you’re starting from scratch. However, you ultimately know yourself best—better even than those experts.
Think about these recommendations alongside your preferences for the best results. You can even use that knowledge to add items to your wishlist. For example, if you know you like waking up to sunlight but want to try blackout curtains to help you sleep through the night, you might find an alarm clock that mimics the sunrise to be a helpful addition to your bedroom sanctuary.
Upgrade Your Essentials
When it comes to making your bedroom a haven from stress, high-quality pieces will make a world of difference. From bedding to women’s sleepwear, the better the material you’re surrounded by, the more comfortable be as you dream. Luxurious pajamas, in particular, are an ideal detail.
Optimally, your sleepwear will look good and feel good. If you’re excited to slip into your cami and pajama pants at night, you’ll be more excited to head to bed.
Designate that Space
Your bedroom should be the setting for just two things: Sleep and sex. If you’re like most people, you find yourself scrolling through Twitter before bed or checking your emails moments after your eyes open. If you work from home, you’re probably tempted to work from the bedroom.
Try to avoid that temptation and keep electronics out of your sanctuary as much as possible. When you come into the room, your mind should be focused on rest, not your latest notification.
Make it Personal
As nice as those Pinterest-perfect bedrooms might look, that might not give you the comfort you need in actuality. By adding personal touches, you’ll feel more at home in your space. If you’re not sure of where to start, consider making some artwork to hang on the walls.
Order some paints and other art supplies from PaintLoose and let your creativity bring your most relaxing imagery to life. Include some calming colors, like lavender or blue, or create a seascape or other peaceful scene. Or, simply take advantage of colors and images that mean something special to you.
Create a Bedtime Routine
It may take some trial and error to create the perfect bedtime routine but it will be worth it. To start, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day as much as possible. Make the time before you need to go to sleep to destress from the day: slip into your favorite sleepwear and do a relaxing activity, like reading a book, meditating, or painting your latest canvas.
You should also try to unplug from your electronics for a half an hour or more before you plan to fall asleep to avoid added sleep struggles.
Your life is stressful enough—your bedroom should be a space where you can relax and forget about your worries for a while. Paint yourself a sanctuary, put on your nicest pajamas, and turn off your phone before you head to bed tonight: your brain and body will thank you for it.