Your home should be a haven for relaxation, allowing you to rest and let go of the demands of the world when you’re there. And your bedroom should be especially relaxing, so you can get the sleep you need, in the right quantity and the best quality.
But that doesn’t just happen — you’ll need to make your home, and especially your bedroom, comfortable and relaxing so that you can get your best quality sleep. Here’s how to do it.
The Key Elements of a Relaxing Sleep Environment
The best sleep environment should be:
With these elements, you should be able to let go of outside noise, light, and other distractions that can make it tough for you to drift off and relax. There are several ways to incorporate these elements in your sleep environment:
1. Manage light exposure from outdoors.
Light shining into your bedroom from the moon, street lights, vehicles, or other sources can confuse your circadian rhythm and make it tough to sleep. Choose window coverings that can reduce or eliminate exposure to bright lights while you’re sleeping, such as blackout curtains.
2. Manage light indoors, too.
Make sure you’re not shining bright lights in your bedroom, especially an overhead light. Instead, use a dimmer switch at night or stick only to low light lamps that point downward out of your line of sight.
3. Set limits on screens.
Screen exposure late at night from your phone, laptop, TV, or other screens can be a problem, too. Ideally, you should stop screen time for at least one hour before bed.
4. Cut back on noise.
If you live in a noisy environment, use a fan, white noise machine, or other tool to block out disruptive noises that could keep you up or wake you up in the night.
5. Keep your bedroom cool.
Ideally, your bedroom should be about 67 degrees when you sleep at night, which can help you sleep more soundly. Choose sheets that can help keep you at a comfortable temperature, too.
6. Choose an appropriate mattress.
Not just any mattress will meet your needs. Choose a mattress that has the right firmness and support to give yourself a good foundation for healthy sleep.
7. Choose a calming wall color.
Certain colors can be more calming (or exciting) than others. For example, bold, bright, even printed walls can be overwhelming and a little stressful. But neutral tones, earth tones, and light colors can be more calming. Generally, a light to medium blue will offer the best tone for sleep.
8. Cut back on clutter.
Clutter anywhere in your home can add to feelings of stress and make it tough for you to feel comfortable. It’s a reminder of things left undone. Managing clutter can help you feel more relaxed and focus on getting the rest you need.
Want to feel more relaxed at home and especially when it’s time to go to sleep? Consider your environment and make sure it’s conducive to rest and relaxation.
By Susan Austin. Susan is a family research specialist with Family Living Today. A mother of three and small business owner in Texas, Austin spends her days juggling work and family life — sometimes expertly, sometimes not.