Are you getting enough sleep? Most of us aren’t! And even though we try to go to bed early and stick to a bedtime routine, getting those all-important hours of rest seems impossible, especially when we spend most of the night tossing and turning.
If you’re struggling to get enough sleep, your sleeping environment could be to blame. Bedrooms that are full of clutter, poorly lit, noisy and stressful aren’t exactly going to help you nod off. By making some simple changes, you’ll be able to change your sleeping environment within hours – or just in time for bedtime!
Want to know more? Read on to discover how to transform your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary.
Lighting is Key
Being in control of the lighting in your bedroom means better relaxation and better quality sleep too! Forget that overhanging lamp shade above your bed, these lights are bright and unforgiving. Instead, install a hand sensor light switch so you can easily control the brightness and turn your lighting off and on again with a single touch. Controlling the brightness in your bedroom will help you relax and set the tone for respite and sleep, helping you fall asleep easier and relax.
Black Out Is Better
Watching the sunrise every morning is a wonderful thing, but when the sun rises at 4 am you’re hardly pleased to see it. Installing blackout blinds or curtains will help your body remain relaxed and ensure that you’re not disturbed too early by those early morning rays. Blackout window dressings can also block light emitted from street lamps and other intrusive light sources.
Whether it’s your laptop, your TV or your smartphone, technology and bedtime, simply don’t mix. These devices give off blue light, which suppresses the hormone serotonin, which regulates sleep and other vital neurological features. By removing technology from your room, you’ll be able to trigger sleep much better and enjoy a more restful sleep. If you need your smartphone alarm to get you up in the morning, consider having it away from your bed and avoid looking at your device at least one hour before you go to bed.
When it comes to sleep, clutter is the enemy. Clutter is stressful and can make it difficult to switch off. If you want to create a genuine sleep sanctuary, then you should clear the clutter from your room and keep the area as tidy as possible. When a bedroom is clean and clear it’s much easier to relax and enjoy your bedroom!
Update Your Mattress
When was the last time you had a new mattress? As a rule, mattresses last between 7 and 10 years, so if yours is feeling a little lumpy, it might be time for an upgrade. Updating your mattress means your body is better supported during sleep and you’re less likely to wake up with aches and pains in the morning. Check your mattress for signs of wear and tear.
Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep, so update your bedroom and make a sanctuary that prioritises rest.