Is your bedroom a sanctuary? Or, is it merely a place to sleep and store your clothing? If you answered “no” to the first question and “yes” to the second, it’s time to make some changes. Our tips will not only help you sleep more soundly, but they will also help you look forward to the moment head to bed each night to shake off the world.
Use Your Senses to Help You Plan
Volumes have been written about the psychology of color, even when it comes to wall paint. “Room color, particularly in your home, can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions,” psychiatrist Dr. Julia Shugar of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in New York told FoxNews.com.
Professional decorators suggest that you choose paint colors that appeal to you. The experts at HGTV say that since the bedroom is “the most personal space in your home,” you should “let the colors you love be your guide.” Ask yourself how the color makes you feel. If it evokes a sense of calm and relaxation, it might just be the perfect color for your bedroom.
You’ll need your sense of smell when you decorate, too! Scented room sprays, incense and essential oil diffusers can all help, but so will opening the windows to allow fresh air into the room.
Noisy neighbors and barking dogs can kill the chill you’re trying to create, so consider buying a white noise machine or water fountain to block unpleasant sounds like these.
If you find music relaxing, you might also like the 8-minute long “Weightless,” by Marconi Union (believe it or not, there is also a 10-hour version). The British Academy of Sound has dubbed it “the most relaxing song in the world,” Apparently, the song’s 80 beats per minute will cause your heart to sync with it, lowering your blood pressure.
“The eight-minute track is so effective at inducing sleep, motorists have now been warned they should not listen to it whilst driving,” said Daily Mail’s David Gerges.
Make Your Room an Electronics-Free Zone
Neuroscientists say that blue light – the kind emitted by electronic devices like a TV – disrupts our sleep cycles. “Changes in sleep patterns can in turn shift the body’s natural clock, known as its circadian rhythm,” Scientific American’s Jessica Schmerler said.
“Shifts in this clock can have devastating health effects because it controls not only our wakefulness but also individual clocks that dictate function in the body’s organs,” she added. “In other words, stressors that affect our circadian clocks, such as blue-light exposure, can have much more serious consequences than originally thought.”
Aside from that, studies also show that Americans who have a TV in their bedroom tend to stay up later than those who don’t have a TV in the room.
The lesson is this: Get the TV out of the bedroom and give serious consideration to kicking out the tablet, smartphone, laptop, and even your digital alarm clock.
Slip Between the Sheets
You’ve painted the walls, hidden unwanted noises, and gotten rid of blue-light-emitting devices. Now it’s time to slip into something a bit more comfortable – a bed fit for dreaming.
The sheets on your bed can make or break your relaxation level. They lay the foundation for everything else. There’s a lot of fuss about threat count when we talk sheets, but that’s not the end-all, be-all when it comes to determining how comfortable sheets are.
“Despite the notion that more is better, in our past sheet tests we confirmed that a higher thread count doesn’t guarantee better sheets,” suggested Consumer Reports. Ply and weave are also important considerations, according to Vogue’s Zoe Taubman.
Top your perfect sheets with a cozy quilt, bedspread, or comforter and a pile of pillows.
There is more you can do to create a sanctuary bedroom. Live plants help cleanse the air and add a pop of color and texture. Adjustable lighting can be changed to suit your mood, and your feet will appreciate something comfy to step on when you get up in the morning.
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