Although sleep is a natural part of our lives, for many, it can be difficult to drift off into slumber come the evening.
Lack of sleep can be frustrating, yet, by making a few subtle changes to your bedroom, it’s easy to completely transform the way you think about rest.
Follow these tips to transform your sleep.
Consider how you think about your bedroom
It’s important to consider how you think about your bedroom before taking the steps to change your sleeping environment. Try to not use your bed in the day time- this will work to associate your bedroom with sleep- not work and will instantly work towards relaxing you in the evening.
Get rid of all clutter
Remember, your bedroom is not an office, a gym or a kitchen. Take the time to clear out clutter, for a tidy mind and a peaceful sleep.
Ditch the electronics
Make sure you leave all electronics behind as you head to your bedroom. Although this might feel strange to do at first, it will reduce your exposure to artificial light in the moments before you fall asleep. It’s also a good idea to turn your alarm clock away from your bed if it is emitting a glare.
Embrace the darkness
Embrace the dark! Artificial light plays around with our sleep cycles. Purchasing some heavy blackout curtains can be great for encouraging a good nights’ sleep. If you do need to have your phone by your bed, make sure you flip it down screen side to stop screen glare into the room.
Our bodies gradually cool down when we head to bed, eventually sending us into slumber. Keeping your room at a low temperature of around 15-19 C helps to speed up this process, making you fall asleep faster.
Noise is a common disruptor of sleep. If you are finding yourself waking in the night multiple times due to the noise disturbance, there are a few options for you to try. You could wear ear plugs, although these can fall out in the night, another option is to play soothing music in your bedroom each night, although this only works for some, everyone is different!
The focal point of any sleeping environment is the mattress. If you’re waking in the night due to discomfort, it’s best to think about replacing your mattress.