When you aren’t getting a good night’s rest, you’ll do just about anything to help yourself drift off to dreamland. And that’s exactly why there’s a market for all kinds of crazy sleep products. But you might be surprised to find out that your environment plays a major role in your quality (and thus quantity) of sleep.
In this post, we’re going to cover the best tips for designing your bedroom for optimal sleep.
And with a few simple tweaks, you may find it easier to fall asleep than ever before. You might even want to ditch that nightly melatonin pill, but who knows?
Especially if you snore or have a medical condition like sleep apnea, allergies, or asthma, air quality can play a significant role in your ability to sleep. And plants can help clear the allergens and other pollutants from the air, which will help you sleep easier.
Think it’s anecdotal? Think again. NASA actually performed a study and found that the following plants are highly effective at removing toxins from the air:
- English Ivy
- Green Spider Plant
- Peace Lily
- Chinese Evergreen
- Bamboo Palm
- Snake Plant
Get a comfortable mattress
You can’t underestimate the power of a well-suited mattress. But if finding the perfect mattress seems like a chore, you’re not alone. It can definitely take time to find the perfect mattress for your sleep style.
Fortunately, many retailers offer free returns, and this can allow you to try out the mattress for a set time before you buy. But before you even buy a mattress, you should have an idea of the level of firmness you like. Start by evaluating the mattress you already have. From here, you can decide whether to go with something softer or firmer.
In some ways, it’s an educated guess because you can’t evaluate a mattress’s comfort level until you’ve slept on it for at least a night. This is why it’s important to buy from a trusted source.
Choose calming colors
Even if you have a bold personality, you probably don’t want to choose vibrant colors for your bedroom. Your environment has an impact on your mood, and vibrant colors are more likely to have an energizing effect on you than lighter, more muted colors. When you’re choosing paint colors and décor, think about creating a soothing, serene setting.
Light blues, silvers, greys and muted greens are all great choices. Think about what you’d expect when you walk into a spa. It’s probably not going to be bright fuchsia.
Diffuse essential oils
Just like with paint colors, essential oils can have varying effects on your energy level. You’ll want to avoid aromas like citrus or peppermint that may have an energizing effect and opt instead for relaxing oils like lavender or chamomile.
Invest in blackout shades
This tip is especially crucial for anyone who has an alternative sleep schedule because daylight is probably the worst enemy of sleep. But either way, blackout shades can help you get to sleep in the daylight hours or stay asleep well into the morning.
Without the sunlight blazing in your eyes, you can get hours of uninterrupted sleep – which is worth much more than the cost of the shades themselves.
When you aren’t getting enough sleep, it’s easy to see why sleep becomes the most important thing in your life. And, in reality, it always was. We just tend to take it for granted until it’s a problem.
But your environment can play a major role in whether you’re getting sleep. So before you go out and buy any extravagant sleep products, try the tips on this list to make your room friendlier for relaxation and sleep.