It can be hard to turn off your mind at the end of the day, get comfortable, and float away to dreamland. The thing is, sleep is essential for good health and a clear mind. In this article, we’ll discuss how to make your bedroom the perfect place to sleep. It’s time to make quality sleep a priority.
Beyond the Lights
Darkness helps your eyes switch over to relax mode. After you turn off the main lights in your bedroom, check out these possible areas that may be shining on you as you try to sleep:
- Computers, printers, and other devices
- Sheer curtains
- Modems or routers
- Digital clocks
The smallest lights can be distracting, even if you don’t realize it. With all of our technological devices, little blinking lights are everywhere. Cover up what you can before you try to sleep, or move your electronics if possible.
In the summer—even when the AC is running—bedrooms can suffer from the heat simply because they’re farther from the furnace: the cool air takes longer to get to them with a central air system. Keep your ceiling fan on if you have one, or plug in a portable fan. Another solution is to install a ductless mini-split system, which regulates only the room you put it in. This way, you can control the temperature in your bedroom and get it as cool as the rest of the house.
The Sounds of Silence
We all know that one person who can sleep through a tornado. The rest of us need relatively quiet rooms. If your room is too noisy—or maybe too quiet—here are a few solutions:
- Unplug anything in your room that may decide to turn on in the middle of the night, such as computers and other electronic devices.
- Wear earplugs if your neighborhood is nonstop noisy.
- Run a fan or sound machine.
Everyone has their own taste and needs when it comes to comfort in their beds. Consider what you feel you’re missing in your bed. For example, it’s a good idea to experiment with different pillows until you find the one that gives you the best night’s sleep. Pillows are possibly the most important factors in making your bedroom the perfect place to sleep. Plus, what type of blanket helps your body relax? For some people, it’s a fluffy down comforter, and for others, it’s a favorite old quilt. If sleep eludes you often, it’s also worth looking into a weighted blanket.
Ditch the Screens
Keeping your phone at your side while you sleep is tempting. Unfortunately, screens are robbing us of much-needed rest. If you need to keep your phone on in case of emergency, place it upside down and don’t look at it if you wake up in the middle of the night. The light from screens puts our minds into active mode, making it tough to go back to sleep.
No matter the size of your bedroom, you can make it the perfect place to sleep. Add one new thing or habit a week until you find yourself sleeping like a baby. Sweet dreams.
Authored by Inspire Your Journey