The bedroom is the place for rest and relaxation that’s why it should be quite and relaxing. Noise, light, an uncomfortable bed and the wrong temperature are the enemies of the good sleep you need. If you are giving yourself plenty of time for sleep but you are still having troubles waking up in the morning, follow these tips and turn your bedroom into a sleeping-inducing environment:
1. Choose the bed that better fits you
The wrong type of mattress and pillow will not only make your sleep difficult but you would probably end up with a severe stiffneck or backache. The starting point for a good sleep is to make sure your bed meets your needs for both comfort and support and, if you sleep with a partner, make sure you both have space enough to move easily.
Experiment with different levels of firmness, foams and materials. From all the different range of mattresses and pillows, you may choose the ideal set based on your usual sleeping pattern as well as other special needs. For example, asthma and allergy sufferers should opt for latex made mattresses. Latex is a natural material, hypoallergenic, dust mite free and anti bacterial that will make a real difference in your resting time. The investment is definitely worthy!
2. Block light coming into the room
A dark room is the most conducive for sleep –day or night-. Even dim lights can confuse the body clock and wake up your brain long before the alarm goes off, so block-out the light from windows with curtains or blinds and unplug all electrical devices.
However, you can add some character to your bedroom placing a floor lamp next to the bed or some candles as soothing elements that can help inducing relaxation.
3. Avoid noises
Definitely you will sleep better when you bedroom is quite and noise free. Sudden, loud noises can really disrupt sleep but if you can’t eliminate the noise from neighbours or city traffic, try to mask them with steady and low sounds. The whir of a fan or air conditioner, recordings of soothing sounds or white noise can be very effective in blocking out other annoying sounds and will help you to sleep and relax.
4. The perfect temperature is 18°C
The temperature also affects sleep. A bedroom that is too hot or cold can impede quality sleep. The ideal temperature is around 18° C. Adequate ventilation or a humidifier can help you to create the perfect atmosphere. Another element that will help you to regulate your body temperature is the right bed linen material, ideally natural tissues like cotton.
5. Set the layout following Feng shui guidelines
A bedroom with a good feng shui, the ancient art of arraigning the living space, is thought to help you to sleep better. In this sense, you should place the bed in a way that allows you to see the bedroom door while lying in bed without being directly in front or in line with it. This position will give you sense of safety thus relax. For similar reasons, the head of the bed should be placed against a wall rather than a window.
6. Decoration tips
When decorating, try to create a warm ambient by choosing relaxing and balance colours like cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan or cocoa. Even light blues, greens and lavenders are considered to be conducive to sleep. Then try to avoid cluttered decoration. A room filled with knick-knacks can be stressful and overwhelming.