Is Your Bedroom The Restful Retreat It Should Be?
Did you know that 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia? If you can’t sleep at night, you’re not alone, but this doesn’t make running on empty any easier. Sleepless nights can affect your mood and your health, as well as your performance at work and your relationships with others. If you find it difficult to doze, have you ever thought that the problem may be your sleeping environment? Although many cases of insomnia are linked to anxiety or stress, your bedroom can play an important role. If your boudoir isn’t quite the restful retreat it should be, here are some easy ways you can create a more tranquil space.
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Consider your colorways carefully
If you’re planning an interior revamp, choosing the right colors is a great place to start. Colors can have a significant impact on our moods. When you spend time in your bedroom, you want to feel relaxed and calm, so avoid choosing shades that are proven to energize. Neutral tones, pastel colors and soothing shades like duck egg blue, lavender and gray are excellent choices. You can inject color into your room by painting the walls, creating a statement wall with paper or a wall-sticker or keeping the walls plain and adding vases, rugs, cushions, throws, and frames to carry the theme.
Create a relaxing atmosphere
When you’re aiming to create a relaxing bedroom, you don’t just need to focus on the aesthetic of the room. You also need to work on the feel of the space. When you open that door, you want to feel your shoulders drop and your heart rate fall. There are lots of ways you can do this from using ambient lighting and candles to set the tone to adding essential oils that are proven to make you feel calm to cold air diffusers. Avoid leaving clothing and shoes lying around, and draw the curtains as the sun sets. Make your bed look as appealing as possible using throws, cushions, and blankets.
Leave your tech at the door
So many of us are guilty of letting technology take over our lives. While it’s really useful to be able to do virtually anything on the go, it’s hugely beneficial to down tools and switch off, especially before bed. If you’re checking emails in your bedroom, this can make you feel anxious, and if you’re getting into bed late and switching the TV on, you’re likely to be up a lot longer than you should be. Ideally, your room should be a tech-free zone. Flashing lights, screens, and random beeping noises can disrupt your sleep and using technology can awaken your mind when you should be ready to wind down for the night. Leave phones, tablets, and TVs elsewhere. If you don’t want to go straight to sleep when you climb into bed, read a book or listen to a bedtime playlist. If you’re relaxed, you’re likely to find it much easier to nod off.
If you have trouble sleeping, your bedroom could be to blame. Hopefully, making simple changes to create a more tranquil space will help you snooze peacefully every night.