How to transform your space into a sleep haven?
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If you don’t feel like your space is a sanctum of slumber, you most certainly have a problem on your hands. Our bedrooms should offer a source of reprieve from the outside world, a temporary vacation with which we can peacefully dream away. Sometimes we can’t put our finger on what’s preventing our space from becoming this ideal. If you are having some difficulty transforming your space into a sleep haven, we have some ideas to share to help you rediscover that lost feeling.
It’s almost impossible to relax in a mess, in fact, a lot of research indicates that being in a messy environment can lead to stress and anxiety. If you’re looking to be able to relax in your room and fall asleep, you should try to keep your bedroom as the cleanest sanctuary in your house. By reducing clutter and removing the space you’re sleeping in cleanly you will be able to feel at ease in your bed. If you share your room with a partner, have a conversation with them about how you’d like to keep your bedroom clutter-free. That way you can both work together to keep every tidy and stress-free.
Have you ever tried to fall asleep in a room that was too hot? The feeling can be unbearable and sleep doesn’t come easily. Temperature can play a huge role in falling asleep at night, whether it’s too hot or too cold. Visiting a trustworthy website might provide more information on what the optimal temperature should be for most people to sleep. If you’re experiencing too much heat in the bedroom try sleeping with a fan in the room, or keeping your window open at night. If you feel “stuffy” at night you’re not going to be able to relax to your fullest and this is not going to promote having a sleep haven.
Having a comfortable bed
If you’re trying to sleep on something that’s uncomfortable at night, it’s no wonder you’re looking for ways to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Mattresses are generally meant to be rotated in order to keep their longevity, so if you have not been flipping your mattress every six months it might be time to get a new one. If you can’t afford to get a new mattress just yet you can attempt to sleep in different positions. Sleeping on the side relaxes your spine even if there are grooves formed in your mattress. This will only be a temporary solution, and having a cozy bed will need to be on your to-do list.
Keep the T.V. off
Most sleep advocates will tell you that your bed should only be for sleeping and that the television should stay out of the room. Realistically many of us are not going to sacrifice our T.V.’s in our rooms, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind. Removing the T.V. from your room is going to get you in the habit of seeing your bedroom as your hibernation chamber. It’s best that you turn off your T.V. at least an hour before bed if you are going to have one in your room, instead opting for a book or another way of keeping yourself occupied. It’s difficult to relax when you feel like your bedroom is a center of entertainment.
White noise devices
Noise can distract heavily from our ability to unwind, and inconsistent bursts of sound can become irritating. If you live in a noisy neighborhood, or you’re living with people who are awake when you’re trying to sleep it’s hard to pass out because you are frustrated. You can always pick up a white noise machine, or use something like a fan to generate noise. This will help you acquire those z’s in two ways; one you will be able to cancel out the noise coming from outside the bedroom, and two you’ll have a consistent source of sound that can help lull you to sleep.
Aside from the other tips, redecorating can also be a great way to make your room feel calmer. A fresh coat of paint and a new bedspread is a great way to set yourself on a trip to dreamland. Making your bed every day can have the added benefit of reducing how long it takes you to sleep at night, and that’s because it induces a sense of comfort. Cleaning your sheets regularly is an awesome way to feel like your space is fresh and cozy. By following a few of these tips you’ll be able to enjoy the sleep haven that you deserve.