If you have trouble sleeping, you may think you are simply suffering from insomnia or stress, but did you know that your bedroom can actually hinder a good night’s sleep? According to ‘This Old House’, your bedroom can disrupt your sleep with anything from the presence of too many electronics to the colour of your room.
If you want to get a better night’s sleep, try making the following changes to your bedroom so it becomes a restful, peaceful haven that promotes healthy sleep and rest.
Block out light for a restful sleep
If you live in the city, you probably have a lot of light streaming into your bedroom at night. This disrupts sleep and prevents proper rest. You can solve this issue by installing black out curtains on your windows to block out unwanted light. You’ll sleep much better without the interference of street or traffic lights in your bedroom.
Remove electronics to remove sleep disruption
Electronic items can cause serious sleep disruption. A TV, cell phone, tablets, and other e-readers can cause your brain to engage right when it should be drifting off to sleep. Remove these items from your bedroom and make it an electronics-free zone to improve your sleep quality. Even the light from your alarm clock could be causing additional sleep trouble. At night, turn the face to the wall to block out the light. Use your alarm clock instead of your phone to help you wake up. You can buy a clock at your local supermarket for the price of a sandwich.
Decorate your bedroom with restful colours
The colour of your bedroom may be causing your brain to stay awake at night. Switch out busy colours and patterns for restful ones, such as soft blues, neutral tones, or soothing green colours. Avoid busy patterns and eliminate all clutter and excessive decorations from the bedroom.
Get a new mattress for proper sleep
Your mattress may be causing you to sleep poorly. A mattress that is uncomfortable, too hot, or simply the wrong style for your sleep habits will prevent proper sleep and make you sore in the morning. Visit a specialist Melbourne mattress store, or another big-city mattress store, to find a comfortable new mattress that suits your sleeping style. You may benefit from purchasing a harder mattress, a softer mattress, or a mattress made from a different material.
Add white noise to prevent insomnia
If the night is too quiet, you may find that even the smallest noises wake you up. You can solve this issue by adding white noise to your bedroom. You can use a white noise machine, a white noise app on your phone, or simply turn on a box fan at night. You may be surprised at how big of a difference this makes. See how to turn any room into a stress free sanctuary here.
Rearrange the bedroom for better sleep
You may end up sleeping better if you arrange your bedroom according to Fung Shui. Even if you do not believe in the ancient spiritual practice, moving your furniture into a new position may give you better sleep because of the position in the room (closer to the heater or air conditioner, for example).
Before you pay for an expensive sleep study or resort to sleeping pills, try implementing some of these techniques into your bedroom. You may be surprised at how much better you sleep!
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This article is a guest contribution by Georgia Webster. Georgia is a freelance writer who loves sharing her advice with others online. Please share this article on your social networking sites, or with someone who you think needs it. Thank you.