If your bedroom isn’t the restful retreat you deserve, try our mini-makeover designed with optimal sleep in mind. When your bedroom is beautiful, organized and filled with thoughtful finishing touches, it becomes an inspiring oasis where you can refresh and renew.
Sweet dreams, lovelies.
Lose the Light
Light pollution streaming in your windows from streetlamps or city lights can make it very hard for your brain to get the cue that it’s time for shut-eye. If you’re affected by light, hang heavy blackout curtains or opaque window panels. Plus, if you can, keep the lights as dim as possible when you get up for a bathroom break. Even this quick flash of light can throw off your sleep cycle.
Use Good Scents
Infusing your bedroom with fragrance can help you relax. We recommend the fresh scent of lavender. This common herb is utilized throughout the world in everything from eye pillows to linen sprays, and candles to diffusers to help relieve stress and create a mellow mood.
Turn off the TV
It seems like a good idea to drift off during The Daily Show, but keeping your TV on distracts you from getting into the deepest sleep possible. (Admit it—how many times has the ShamWow guy disturbed your dreams?) Take the TV out of your bedroom and instead fill the space with a bookshelf filled with your favorite books.
Unplug and Unwind
It’s tempting to check your email one more time, check in with your friends on Facebook, go on a liking rampage on Instagram, or tweet that great idea about ending world hunger, but this extra screen time can be affecting your brain’s ability to shut down. It’s too much stimulation! Try making it a habit to make your last check-in at least two hours before you go to bed. Leave your electronics in another room, plugged into a charging station.
Wine Down to Tea Time
A glass of wine provides a lovely way to relax, but if you sip it too close to sleep time it can keep you from slipping in to a truly refreshing REM sleep. Switch to a relaxing herbal tea if you like to sip into the late hours. You’ll get all the mellowing benefits without the sleep disruption.
When your head is swimming with worries, it’s hard to flip the switch. Take a few moments before you turn out the lights to make a list of all the things that are troubling you. The physical act of writing these things down can help you manage your stress and come up with a plan of attack rather than worrying.
Make Your Bed in the Morning
When you wake up, make your bed. Get your sheets all nicely tucked in and create an inviting pillow-scape that makes your bed look oh-so-relaxing. By having your bed be organized and fresh, you won’t feel chaotic when you lie down to sleep. If you need inspiration, refresh your bed with a new look!
Create a Relaxing Ritual
The best way to wind down is a bubble bath! Make sure your bathroom is an oasis with plush towels and rugs, then fill the tub with warm water and sweetly-scented bubbles. Then, say sayonara to the sweatpants, and put on a pretty pair of soft cotton PJ pants. It’s a ritual that is sure to make your bedtime better—and a bit more chic!
Try our tips and let us know if you’re feeling renewed. Or, share your own sleep habits in the comments!