During the day, your bedroom holds little place in your life other than as a place to change clothes and perhaps take a little nap. At nighttime, your bedroom becomes your sanctuary. This is the room you will be spending the next 8 to 10 hours in resting and recharging your battery for the next day’s activities.
If your bedroom is indeed your sanctuary, it would stand to reason that you would want to use it to create an environment that’s conducive to relaxation and getting a good night’s sleep. To help you achieve that goal, here’s six steps you can take to create a more peaceful bedroom.
1. Darken the Room
The presence of light or sunlight will almost always interfere with the sleeping process because of the way it stimulates your senses. The best way to make sure your room is dark enough for bedtime is to select window coverings that totally black out the light from outside. They might also block out the heat that comes with summertime. A dark, cool atmosphere is the optimum sleeping environment for humans.
2. Remove the Clutter
Our subconscious will always play games with out conscious mind. If your room feels cluttered, your mind is going to adopt a mindset of confusion and disorganization. That’s not going to help you fall asleep at night. If you keep your room clean and organized, the peaceful atmosphere will signal to your mind there’s nothing to worry about, making sleep easier to attain.
3. Select Bedroom Furniture That’s Welcoming
Aside from a dresser, possible desk and sitting chair, the most prominent furniture in your bedroom is going to be your bed. That’s where you will be spending a majority of your time at night. You want the appearance of your bed to be something your proud of and the comfort of your bed to be such that it’s going to give you the best chance to get a full night of quality sleep.
4. Choose a Color Scheme With Peaceful Colors
Colors have meaning. Dark colors create a sense of sadness while bright reds and oranges with create a sense of excitement or confusion. Neither of these color schemes are conducive to relaxation and sleep. The best color schemes for a sleeping sanctuary would be light blues and greens, pale yellow, beige and white.
5. No Electronic Devices
During the day, you are likely being bombarded by TVs, radios, computers and smartphones. Each of these types of electronic devices give off blue waves that stimulate the brain. The problem is those blue waves also block the brain’s ability to create serotonin, the neurotransmitter that induces sleep. There’s no place in your sleeping sanctuary for electronic devices.
6. Select Pleasant Odors
Humans have a very strong sense of smell. Certain smells aggravate the senses while other smells can be pleasant and very soothing. Which types of smells do you think would promote better sleep habits? If you guessed pleasant smells, you are 100% correct. If you were to put an oil diffuse device in your room, you might find that lavender and lemon are very nice scents for promoting better sleep.
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