It’s late. You have to be up early. But no matter how many sheep you count and how many times you toss and turn, you just can’t seem to get yourself off to sleep.
Worse, you fall asleep easily – only to wake up and feel as if you’ve had no rest at all.
As simple as it seems, sleep is one of the more complicated things the human body does. Only the perfect blend of quantity and quality will leave you feeling refreshed, full of energy, and ready to face the new day.
To help you sleep better, here are a few ideas on optimising your bedroom space.
1. Your bedroom should be all about bedtime
There are only one or two things you should be doing in the bedroom, and watching television isn’t one of them.
Our brains are very supple and quick to pick up on routines. So, if you regularly watch TV or listen to music in bed, your brain will learn that it’s a place to stay engaged and awake.
The easiest way to avoid these temptations is to remove them altogether. Take out the TV, the iPod and the tablet, leaving plenty of comfortable space for you and your bed.
2. Control the environment
Environmental factors of all kinds play a part in how you sleep. The light, the temperature, and even the smells of a room can have an impact on sleep quality.
To avoid the light distraction from the early morning sun or street lamps through the night, a blackout blind is a great way to ensure complete darkness. Meanwhile, the temperature of your room should be somewhere between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius – a small room thermometer is a useful way to check this.
Consider investing in scents like lavender which are known to settle the mind and slow the heart rate.
3. Invest in appropriate bedroom furniture sets
While vibrant, stylish bedroom furniture sets help a room look great, they don’t always make it practical for sleeping find something that suits your needs.
Choose muted colours and simple shapes that start calming your mind from the moment you enter the room. Of course, make sure any bedroom furniture is also practical enough to store all your clutter and take away possible causes of bedtime frustration.
Make sure you take the steps to encourage a healthy sleeping pattern, the results will change your life for the better!