On some days, getting a good night’s rest feels unachievable. Whether it’s because of the stresses and exhaustion of a daily routine, feeling awake and active when it’s time to get ready for sleep, a never-ending to-do list running through your mind in preparation for the next day, or any other number of reasons, sometimes it’s just too hard to fall asleep and wake up feeling well-rested.
Although it may seem like the only things that influence your sleep are your activities throughout the day, your general health, and other various personal factors, one of the most important elements for ensuring a good night’s rest is your bedroom. You may already be accustomed to your room and the way it’s setup, and that just may be the thing preventing you from sleeping comfortably.
Manage Temperature and Odor
One of the most important factors that we tend to overlook is how our room feels in terms of warmth and ambiance. Although we focus a lot on organizing furniture in a spacious and cozy fashion, it’s just as important to keep your room aired out enough to keep you at a comfortable temperature.
When your room is a desirable temperature, you’ll be able to slip in and out of sleep without ever second-guessing your level of physical comfort. As an additional element, using products with soothing scents may improve your overall ability to sleep and the ability to feel well-rested. Certain odors, such as lavender, can help by significantly improving your ability to calm down and destress.
Maintaining and Comfortable Bed
Although creating a relaxing and comfortable bed may seem like the most straightforward way to ensure you sleep well, there are certain elements that are easy to forget about during the process. When you’re looking for a great set of sheets, pillows, and comforters, ensure that you not only look for quality that fits your preference, but also for materials that won’t overheat you in the midst of deep sleep.
Limit the Number of Lights/Screens
Nowadays, it’s easy for us to become preoccupied with personal or business-related tasks right before we’re going to sleep. With direct access on our smartphones, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to unplug when you need to take a break or to get prepared to sleep.
If you have a television in your bedroom, and it’s occasionally difficult to remember to turn it off before you go to sleep, then maybe it’s worth considering moving the television out to stop it from preventing better sleep in the future. If you need, set timers on apps that will remind you to stop using your phone around 30 minutes prior to actual sleep.
And although it may be somewhat of a nuisance, leave your blinds positioned so that natural light will filter in when you wake up. This natural light helps your body to maintain a consistent sleeping cycle and clock, and may help you feel more well rested in the long term.
Keep Work and Home Separate
After a long day at work, we all just want to have downtime to spend and enjoy by ourselves or with friends and family, but on some days it can be particularly difficult to get work off of the mind. When that’s the case, it’s easy for us to lay in bed thinking of everything we did at work today, and of everything that we have to do at work tomorrow. But it’s important to make sure that you truly keep work at work and that home remains a place of personal comfort.
Whether it’s emails, messages, notifications, or just general anticipation of work, try to find ways to keep work from creeping into your personal time at home. Once you’ve entered your bedroom, try to make it a rule that you won’t allow yourself to worry and ponder about work-related issues. The more time that you give yourself to destress and relax, the easier it will be to fall asleep when you’re finally laying in bed waiting to dream. So similarly to how you should try to use your phone less when getting ready to sleep, try to disconnect from work in the hours prior to sleep — this should help you to rid your mind of stressful thoughts pertaining to your business life.
Self Care and Relaxation Methods
Even though getting to sleep usually feels like the most important part of getting a good night’s rest, the preparation for sleep is just as important. In the 30 minutes before you’re getting ready to sleep, you should already have disconnected from your devices and finished your pre-bedtime routine so that you have an ample amount of time to decompress in your bedroom.
Depending on what your preference is, it’s good to provide yourself with some well-deserved self-care via face masks, a mid-day massage, meditation, or even just by giving yourself time to read that book that you’ve been dying to get back to. Ensuring that your room is comfortable enough for you to engage in these activities is just as important! Taking these breaks from our daily routines to focus on ourselves allows us to release tension built up throughout the day, and to more easily fall into a state of deep and comfortable sleep.
Although these are just a few of the ways that you can optimize your bedroom to improve your overall quality of sleep, there are many more ways that you can do so. Just by taking small simple steps, you’ll start to notice a large difference in the long term.
Whether it’s through making your bed as comfortable as possible, through not interacting with screens prior to sleep, through not thinking about work in the bedroom, or even though making sure your room is comfortable enough for self-care activities, there are a large number of ways that you can change your bedroom for the better.
Here’s hoping that all of the methods you implement begin to make an immediate and noticeable difference, and that you start getting the best sleep possible, so that you can ensure you wake up feeling well-rested!