Are you struggling when it comes to getting to sleep? If you’re tossing and turning more often every night and waking up feeling more tired than you did when you went to bed, then your bedroom could be the cause of your insomnia. The good news is that there is plenty you can do to fix the environment and turn your bedroom into a healthier place to sleep. Here are some of the best things you can do starting today to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly.
#1. Get a New Mattress:
If you can’t sleep at night for aches and pains and struggle to get comfortable in bed, then consider just how long you’ve been sleeping on the same mattress for. Chances are, if you have had your mattress for more than a few years, then it could be time to replace it with a new one. Mattresses are only designed to last for around eight years, so if you’ve been sleeping on yours for longer than that, it could have started to dip in the middle and the springs will be wearing down, leading to less support for your body as you sleep.
#2. Block Out Light:
Make the room as dark as possible so that your body can produce the right amount of melatonin, with fewer distractions to keep you awake. If there is light outside from the street or from other houses, it’s a wise idea to invest in a good set of black-out curtains or blinds. Wooden blinds with tapes from a supplier like DotcomBlinds are a great way to keep your bedroom dark at night and improve window insulation whilst still allowing it to look modern and stylish. If you choose to go with Venetian blinds, you may want to read DotcomBlind’s handy article on the differences between real and faux wood entitled ‘Real vs Faux Wood Venetian Blinds’.
Do you tend to store a lot of things in your bedroom? Perhaps you have a chair that clothes are piling up on, your dressing table is full of cosmetics that haven’t been touched for ages, or you end up throwing your kids’ toys and other items in there to keep them out of the way. But a cluttered bedroom can make it much more difficult to wind down and relax at night as there’s just so much for your mind to focus on. Installing smart storage solutions such as under-bed storage, or a wardrobe and drawers that make the most of the space in your room, can be a great way to keep everything out of the way and have it looking fresh, spacious and tidy all the time.
#4. Relaxing Smells:
Last but not least, our sense of smell plays a huge part in helping us get to sleep, so investing in room sprays, scented candles or other room scents that help you wind down and feel sleepy is a great idea. Lavender is a great choice; even a few spritzes of a lavender pillow spray each night will help you feel more relaxed and ready to sleep.
What do you do to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.