The recommended hours of sleep per night are 6-8 hours, yet many of us struggle to get that. Sleep deprivation can have a number of health consequences from mood changes to memory issues, a weakened immunity, high blood pressure and much more.
Your bedroom environment can have a huge impact on the length and quality of sleep you get. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the simple adjustments you can make in your bedroom to get a better night’s sleep.
Warm, Appealing Decor
The decor in your bedroom is very important in influencing your mood and how relaxed you feel around bedtime. Try to opt for warm and appealing colours like soft blues, greys, and creams over harsh and clashing colours that stimulate the mind.
It may not be practical to decorate your entire room, but small changes can be made. Consider adding a neutral colour rug, some cosy blankets or replacing your bed sheets with some higher quality ones in a more neutral shade. There’s a reason why every hotel room has white sheets.
Invest in Good Quality Furniture
The quality of your bed and mattress can have a huge effect on your quality of sleep and your long-term health. If you have a mattress where the springs are coming through, or one that makes you too warm then this could have a huge impact on your sleep cycle and how much deep sleep you get.
The Divan Bed Centre has a range of high-quality beds with clever storage options that help to keep your room clutter free so you can get a better night’s sleep. There’s no frills and no added cost, just simple quality furniture that will make all the difference.
Introduce Aromatherapy Scents for Relaxation
The time you spend before bed is very important to help get you relaxed and ready to sleep. Try burning a candle or a wax melt with lavender scents to help your mind ease and your body relax so that you can get into a sleep state.
If you prefer not to burn candles with pets or children around, an aromatherapy oil diffuser can also be very therapeutic, and many come with calming light patterns that can safely be left on for the entire night. Some of the other oils that can aid sleep include Ylang Ylang Oil, Chamomile Oil, Peppermint Oil, Bergamot Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cedarwood Oil and Marjoram Oil.
A cluttered bedroom can cause you to become stressed and over activate the mind. Try to keep your bedroom purely for sleeping and remove anything that doesn’t need to be in there. That means no exercise equipment, TVs, or computers as these will only stimulate you as you’re trying to relax.
Try to spend a few minutes each day tidying away things in your room and picking up clothes from the floor. If you’re struggling for space then there are some clever storage options like ottoman beds that lift up, or foot stools that have space to store shoes or bed linen.
Create Ambient Lighting
Lighting plays a huge part in mood and helping you to relax, in which it’s important to eliminate bright white lights while you’re trying to relax. Opt for bedside lamps over using the main light as these emit a warmer and less powerful light.
You could also invest in a sleep cycle light that gradually reduces light at night and turns it back on slowly to mimic natural light and the sunrise. This helps the body to wake up in a lighter stage of sleep, leaving you feeling more refreshed.
Overall, getting a good night’s sleep is critical for our health. Yet by doing some of the simple steps above, you can make a huge difference to the quality and quantity of sleep you get each night.