If your bedroom isn’t a relaxing and calming space, there’s a problem. Your bedroom should be the ultimate sleep sanctuary. When you step into the room, you should instantly feel calm and soothed. If your bedroom doesn’t make you feel that way, then it’s time to change up the space and transform it. After all, life is crazy, so we need every minute of beauty sleep we can get. At least, I know I do – parenthood is hard work! So, with that in mind, below are some simple ideas for making your bedroom more of a sleep sanctuary.
The colour scheme
What colour is your bedroom now? If it’s a nice, neutral colour, like cream, beige or grey, it can stay that colour. However, if it’s decorated in bright, bold colours, it needs to be changed. No matter how much of a fan you are of bright colours, they’re not suitable for your bedroom. You see, bright colours encourage the mind to stay active, which isn’t what you want when you’re going to sleep. That’s why neutral decor is best for a bedroom. If you want to add colour to your room, a great option is to opt to decorate in pastel hues. These are pretty, stylish, and won’t impact your sleep – or ability to fall asleep. (Pinterest has some fantastic pastel decorating ideas, if you’re in need of some inspiration.)
Let’s talk bedding. I don’t know about you, but if my bedding isn’t just right, I struggle to fall asleep. For your sheets and bed linen, opt for items that are made from 100 percent cotton, and have a high thread count. The higher the thread count, the better the quality. Synthetic materials might be cheaper, but they’re nowhere near as comfortable and are more likely to cause you to overheat while in bed. So, it’s best to pay a little more for higher quality bedding. As for your mattress, if you’ve had it for over five years, it’s a good idea to replace it. After a few years, mattresses lose their quality and can become uncomfortable. If you’re not able to replace it, a mattress topper could be a good option – there are some fantastic designs available. Oh, and if you’re pillows are old, don’t forget to replace them. To get a good night’s sleep, it’s crucial to have comfortable pillows to lay your head on. Such as bounce back pillows or feather pillows, for instance.
What about the lighting? To be an ideal sleep space, your bedroom needs to have the perfect lighting. This means hanging blackout curtains to block out unwanted light. It also means being choosy about the lights that you choose to have in your room. If you prefer to use an overhead light to a lamp, consider installing a dimmer switch. This will allow you to dim the lights to give your room a relaxing glow. Or, if you’re not able to do this, what about dotting strings of fairy lights around? These give off a lovely glow.
To ensure that you are able to get a good night’s sleep every night, take note of the ideas above and turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary. Oh, and if you still struggle to sleep, dotting some lavender on your pillow should help to send you off.