Having trouble sleeping? The answer to your sleep woes may lie in the design and atmosphere of your bedroom. Here are some tips for maximizing the relaxation factor in your bedroom. You may find that some small tweaks to your bedroom design will help you sleep better.
Real talk: clutter is going to make it very difficult for you to relax in your bedroom. I’ve found that the best thing to do is to start by getting rid of things that you don’t need! When you are not staring at a pile of clothing or shoes, it really helps your mind to wind down after a long day. In a similar vein, I also recommend limiting knick nacks and decorative objects in a bedroom (sorry, #shelfie fans). So purge, purge, purge your way to better sleep.
Choose relaxing artwork
For the bedroom, I like to opt for a large piece of artwork rather than a busy gallery wall. Something abstract with broad brush strokes works better in a bedroom than something with an active pattern.
Revise your color palette
Soft, muted colors are best for bedroom design. A bright red duvet cover is not going to do you many favors when it comes to relaxation. If you are going to use bold colors in the bedroom, it is best to use them as smaller accents rather than on larger furniture or textiles.
Check your lighting
It’s a must to have your lighting be pretty flexible in the bedroom. Some task lighting by the bedside is a necessity for reading, and it’s also nice to have a soft lamp to add just a touch of glow. A Himalayan salt lamp adds an amazing soft glow, as do beeswax candles.
If you find that you need to nap during day time or sleep past sunrise, blackout shades are extremely helpful. My two favorite ways to do this is with custom black-out shades (fun curtains over the top are optional) or with a bamboo shade and black-out curtains over the top.
If you have any TVs, computers, or other electronics in your bedroom, try taking them out of the room for a while to see if that helps. I slept horribly in college and my early 20s, and while there were definitely other factors at play (helllllo binge drinking), it was also the only time in my life that I’ve had a TV and computer in my bedroom. If you’re in a studio apartment, you could also look into ways that these items can be tucked away during sleep or otherwise out of view.
Studies show that lavender* can help people fall asleep more quickly and then have better quality sleep. You can rub a tiny bit of high quality lavender essential oil on your temples, diffuse with an electric or reed diffuser, or use a lavender linen spray (stay tuned for a post on how to make one!). There are also countless essential oil blends for sleep if you want to get fancy.
Consider using white noise
Previously I would have thought that white noise while you are trying to sleep would be extremely irritating. However, when I had my son I learned that white noise can help babies fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Turns out it has the same effect on adults, and there are a ton of fans. I must admit, I did kind of miss the white noise machine when we moved my son from our bedroom to his own.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease