We all know the feeling of exhaustion when all we want is to get into bed and have a restful night’s sleep. Our bed is supposed to be our personal haven away from the anxiety of the day, work and routine; a place where we can finally relax and rest our minds. After all, there’s nothing quite like lying down after a rough day, even if it is just to watch some TV, read a book, or best of all, get some rest. But not all beds are made to be a personal haven… how exactly can we ensure that our bedroom is a sanctuary inspiring calm and relaxation? Follow on to learn how!
- Create a Restful Room
Your bedroom should be a calm and pleasant place where you can relax. Since our mind reacts to colors, you should avoid using ‘loud’ colors that can wake up your senses. Instead, opt for soft colors that provide a sense of comfort, like warm undertones. Keep mementos in the bedroom that bring you happiness and good memories, and ensure that all items and furniture come together to create a relaxed environment. Keeping the bedroom tidy also encourages relaxation, as it keeps the room from feeling like a task.
- Sheets & Bedding
A good night’s rest requires good sheets and bed linen. Soft, good quality bed linen can be comforting to the skin and consequently, the mind. Having appropriate blankets for each season is helpful in creating a great sleep sanctuary: you don’t want to wake up feeling over-heated or chilly. For the summer, a thin, airy blanket will be best, while in the winter, warm blankets and throws (alpaca-based is a favorite due to its softness) will keep you cozy.
- Avoid Electronics
Although an unpopular choice in today’s bedroom, disconnecting from electronics in the bedroom can do wonders for fatigue and anxiety. Leave your laptop, television and even your cell phone aside, and instead pick a more relaxing option. Reading a book is great for lowering tension or alternatively, you can give your mind a break from everything through meditation or quiet thinking. Your bed should always be no-work area where you can feel disconnected from daily stress.
- Dim the Lights
Before heading to sleep, dim the lights in your room or switch on a soft lamp by your bed. This will encourage your body to ease into sleep, as it mimics the natural progression of light from day to night. Since our bodies are programmed to respond to light, they will naturally start preparing for sleep by creating a neurotransmitter hormone called melatonin. This will help you slowly and calmly progress into a state of sleeping.
- Keep the Bedroom Quiet
Although it’s not always easy to do, try to keep your room as quiet as possible. Noise disruptions will hinder your sleep as well as the creation of melatonin. If you are constantly faced with noisy distractions, try playing soothing music or white noise, but remember to set a timer so it shuts off after 90 minutes. These ambient sounds are also used for meditation, so they are excellent for helping the body and mind relax.