How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you feel completely rested and ready to take on the world (or at least the tasks you have lined up for the day)? Or are you still tired, fuzzy-headed, and wishing you could sleep for longer? If it’s the latter, then you’re not getting a good enough night’s sleep, and that can be the case even if you’re asleep for a reasonable amount of time. It’s not necessarily the length of your sleep that’s important (although it does count for something); it’s the quality.
Although many things could be causing you this problem, one of them could be your bedroom itself. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can change your bedroom so you can get a good night’s sleep.
Decorate With Neutrals
Of course, some sleep issues need specialist care; insomnia is one of them, and if you suffer from this, it’s certainly worth looking into how to treat insomnia naturally. However, if it’s not insomnia, and you just aren’t sleeping well, the color of your bedroom could be the issue.
The bedroom is not the ideal space to try out exciting patterns or bright colors on the wall. They can keep your brain more active than it needs to be, meaning that it never shuts down to quite the low level it should do if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Making the room more neutral has a much more calming effect.
If you still want some color, use accessories such as throw cushions or lamps. A pop of color isn’t a problem, whereas a wall of color definitely is.
There are many excellent reasons to declutter your home; some of them are even linked to mental health. When it comes to your bedroom, however, you might wonder why decluttering has to be done. Surely if there is one room in the house that you can let a little loose in and be that tiny bit messier, it’s your bedroom. Right? The reality is that of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is the one that should be kept the tidiest, at least if you want to get a good night’s sleep.
If there are lots of ‘things’ all over the room, if there are piles of clean and dirty clothes everywhere, if you have to step over items just to get to the bed, you are making things hard for yourself. Rather than a relaxing space to sleep well, you’ve created a problem that might even lead to anxiety.
The tidier your bedroom, the more peaceful your sleep will be, even if, on the outside, it doesn’t appear to make much difference.
Make It Dark
If you don’t sleep in an entirely dark bedroom, your body will be confused, and its circadian rhythm, the internal clock that helps you determine when you should be sleeping and when it’s time to wake up, will not work as it should. That means you never entirely rest because the brain can’t be sure when wake-up time is.
Even the smallest bit of light from a digital device or switch can cause a problem, so ensuring that the room is as dark as possible, or wearing a sleep mask, will make a huge difference.
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