Your Bedroom Doesn’t Have To Be Fit For A Queen, Just A Sleep

There are guides to decorating your bedroom in just about any kind of style that catches your fancy. However, some think this is the wrong way to approach bedroom décor. It shouldn’t be entirely taste-focused but should be purpose-focused. More of us are suffering from poor sleeping habits and there’s some evidence the bedroom itself might be a culprit in that. So, how do you make sure the bedroom is actually doing its job?

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Make relaxation the focus

Alertness is the enemy of sleep and too often we go to bed in a high state of alertness. Having a room that can you dial it back down and get into a more relaxed mood is going to do you a lot of good. For instance, think about using a calmer color scheme with light blues, or incorporating more temporary storage like hampers so you have less clutter to distract you while you try to sleep.

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(Don’t) bring the noise

Just as the bedroom can help you ease off the stress of the day and get into the perfect mood for sleep, certain mistakes we make with its design can get in the way of that, too. For one, having a TV in the bedroom is fast becoming a choice you’re recommended to avoid. It serves as a source of distraction and the light it gives off before you try to go to sleep has been proven to keep you alert for a lot longer. But this can go for any “multipurpose” elements of the room. Rather than keeping your computer in there, for instance, can you think of any other spaces better suited to serve as a home office?

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The bit that matters the most

At the end of the day, the bed is the most important piece of furniture when it comes to a good night’s sleep. Take your time finding not only the right size but the right type of bed. Some people prefer one with more give, while others prefer the support of a firmer mattress. Use furniture to help you accomplish that calmer aesthetic to the room, too. White bedroom furniture sets, for instance, create a feeling cleanliness that can be a big help. Having a bedroom that’s too dark can often make it feel a little dingy and even dirty.

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Hit all the senses

The eyes aren’t the only thing that matters. Your other senses are just as important when it comes to getting in the right headspace for a night’s sleep. If noise is your trouble, then consider using things like draft excluders of acoustic tiles for the wall to help soundproof it. Aromatherapy is a proven relaxation tool, too, and keeping a fragrance diffuser in the room can help you maintain a subtle, but effective layer of lavender or jasmine throughout.

The bedroom isn’t the only contributing factor to poor sleep habits. Having a proper night-time routine, keeping yourself active and eating healthily all play a role. But the environment you actually want to sleep in can have a big impact, so it’s always worth checking there.

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  1. Excellent points. Sleep experts recommend such “sleep hygiene” techniques as a first step to relieving insomnia, even if sleep medications are also appropriate. I removed my bedroom TV years ago and don’t miss it. Now if I could only keep my phone somewhere else.

  2. Very good reminder here. So many times we overlook this and complain about not getting enough rest. This was brought to my attention some time ago. I have been guilty of having the TV in the room instead of focusing on having it in another. Until we pay attention to details like this we really cannot use the excuse of not getting enough rest. Thank you again for this detail.🙂👍🏾

  3. Thanks for these advices! I’ll have to admit though I can’t sleep without the Tv on but I put the sound as low as possible. I dunno if it’s just me, but I can’t stop thinking once I fall in bed, and I tried to read, to draw, really everything doesn’t work!

    1. I used to be like that, couldn’t stop thinking about things, but now my husband always calms me down ❤☺. The best is to just stop thinking and let it be ☺🌼

  4. simple Ula, thank you for sharing these tips for a calmer, more productive night’s sleep. I’m wondering what your thoughts are of salt lamps in the bedroom? I’m sometimes torn between it’s glow having a calming effect, and other times I am utterly annoyed by the lack of darkness! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

  5. we actually don’t have a lot in the bedroom aside from our bed, 2 night stands, a table and a chair… It’s so cold upstairs, that we only go there to sleep haha… I’m glad I put my closets in another room, it’s a lot more relaxing really… xoxo Sarah

  6. These are great tips. I have noticed that when my room is full of clutter it’s so hard to get to sleep so I’m going to try and declutter asap. I have also been wanting a diffuser as well so I think I’m gonna pick one up this weekend and give it a try. Great post and page dear. I’m a new subscriber and can’t wait to read more post!

  7. I’ve employed all of your suggestions actually before I read this, but so good to get validation that my bedroom is set-up just right! It isn’t white, but shades of blue and earth tones. No TV, no computer, I have dried lavender on my bedside table for a calming aroma–it’s my sanctuary. 🙂 Thank you for your insight!

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