Having a room to retreat to and mentally barricade yourself in is a great idea for mental health and feelings of safety and comfort in your home, regardless of how many people you live with, if any. A bedroom should always be a sanctuary away from your troubles, your work, and your many sources of stress, because introducing these things into your bedroom will reduce your capacity for sleep between the sheets. It’s not hard to turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, and we’ve put together a short guide on managing this very thing to help you get more z’s, more often, and more reliably.
Modifying your bed to properly reflect your changing attitude toward bedroom uses is as simple as it gets. While changing other aspects of your home to suit this can be more complex, or more time consuming, a bed is a fairly simple piece of furniture and its components are easily swapped out to be more directly comfortable, or better smelling, or better for your posture. If your mattress is more than 10 years old, it’s time for an upgrade, and if you’ve been using the same sheets for a few years straight, it’s time to start shopping for some bedding online.
Curtains let light in and keep it out, depending on how well made they actually are, and this can have a huge impact on how much or how little sleep you end up getting each night. If your bedroom window faces east, the morning sun will shine directly into your eyes at sunrise every morning, and your average old Venetian blinds or standard curtains won’t do anything to keep it out. Investing in blackout curtains to keep the sun out in the early morning can do wonders to improve the quality of the sleep you get, as well as the length of your weekend sleep-ins.
For some, the worry of having a big empty house behind a thin bedroom door is enough to keep them awake at night, and this can be detrimental to your sleep patterns. Getting a door with a heavy duty lock installed can help with that specific anxiety, and get you to a more restful sleep every night. This is especially helpful for people who live alone, as a big empty house can be intimidating, and every sound can amplify your imagination as to what could be lurking around every corner.
Finally, the lighting you choose for your bedroom sanctuary has everything to do with how you sleep. Blue lights mimic the light of the daytime sky, and our brains have evolved to be awake when that kind of light is entering our eyes.
A useful evolutionary feature for staying awake during the day, not so useful when you’re trying to sleep at night. If your bedroom light is fluorescent, or has a blue tinge to it, you might find yourself more awake when you’re trying to get to bed at night, and the easiest solution to this is replacing your old blue light with a warmer, yellow or orange light. The warmer light can make you feel sleepier and more comfortable, and this can lead to a deeper sleep more reliably.
With these tips to sleep better, you’ll find your bedroom to be a more cozy, sleepy place than it ever has been before, and you can look forward to a warm bed, a feeling of security, and a deep, restful sleep.
Article from E Hudes.