Your bedroom is an important space. It’s where you can take a moment for yourself after a long day, and most importantly, a great night’s sleep. But a deep slumber doesn’t happen all on its own – you have to set your room up to be a relaxing, functional sleep sanctuary.
How To Set Up Your Bedroom
Here are some of our top tips to help your bedroom support a blissful night’s sleep.
We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but a cluttered physical environment can really impact your mood! A busy space can leave you feeling stressed, anxious, and disorganized. One of the first things to do when setting up your bedroom for a great night’s sleep is to tidy up and remove any clutter.
Figure out what needs to stay and move anything you don’t need into another room. Make use of storage options, such as hanging closet organizers, storage boxes, or a bedside table, to put bedroom items away in their rightful spots.
Make sure you’re sleeping on a good mattress
When it comes to a great night’s sleep, it’s essential to have the right equipment. Your mattress is one of the most important elements of catching those zzz’s. A good mattress provides support and comfort for your body, whilst keeping your spine in a neutral position.
If you’re asking yourself whether you need to replace your mattress, there are some signs to look out for. Are you waking up feeling like you need more sleep? Does your couch feel more comfortable than your bed? Does the mattress feel like it’s sagging? It’s time to go!
There are many types of mattresses out there, from pillowtop to memory foam, and even adjustable. Pillowtop mattresses come with an extra layer of padding, while memory foam is great for pressure relief. Adjustable is ideal if you like to work or read in bed or suffer from back pain.
Buy Proper Bedding
Once you’ve got the base sorted, it’s all about adding the right bedding. Proper bedding not only protects your mattress from the dead skin cells you shed at night, but will also help you get a better night’s sleep. After all, there’s really nothing quite like curling into a soft, comfortable bed!
While your mattress supports your spine, your pillow should support your neck. You need to find pillows that offer the right support to avoid aches and pains. If you sleep on your side, a softer and higher pillow is ideal to prevent neck strain, but if you sleep on your stomach, a firmer and lower pillow is better for you.
When it comes to your sheets, invest in quality, breathable fabrics for year-round comfort. Bamboo sheets are great for the summer months, as they are soft and antimicrobial. Cotton sheets can be used year-round and are a great base sheet for the winter months, as they can keep you warm without trapping heat.
The finishing touch on your new bedding is a new quilt set. This will not only keep you warm during the winter months but provides the opportunity to add some color to your bedroom. Soft, cool colors like light green or blue can make your bed more inviting, and are also known for their calming effects.
Block Out External Light and Sound
Now that you’ve decluttered your bedroom and sorted your bed out, it’s time to turn your attention to other factors that get between you and sleep.
Light is crucial in maintaining your body’s internal clock. If you have external light coming through your bedroom window, blockout curtains can cheaply and easily block it out. Lights from your electronic devices can also stop you from sleeping, so it’s best to keep them out of your bedroom, or at least inside your bedside table.
As well as light, sound (or rather lack of it) is crucial for a great night’s sleep. External noise like sirens, traffic, and people partying are generally beyond your control, but there are things you can do to drown those sounds out.
White noise machines can provide you with calming sounds to help you get to sleep, or you could simply get yourself a pair of earplugs.
Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be a rare occasion. You should be able to enjoy quality sleep every night!