One of the most crucial elements to you succeeding in life is a good night sleep. When was the last time you had a really good nights sleep? One where you woke up feeling fully rested and energized. If you haven't had a good night sleep in a while it might be time to take another look at creating a relaxing bedroom retreat.
Getting restful sleep will help to boost your health, well being and your happiness. Without it, life is just hard! No one would deny the mood-boosting of a good nights sleep and if you don't get one- those around you might be questioning if you got up on the wrong side of the bed.
One bad night of sleep can lead us to have a bad day with less concentration and alertness. While long term sleep deprivation has far more serious consequences such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. But before you panic about the effects on your health, there are ways to get a better nights sleep.
Creating an environment specifically for relaxation can help us sleep better can make us happier and healthier. Let's look at some ways to create a more relaxing bedroom retreat for a better nights sleep.
Lighting in the relaxing bedroom retreat
Our bodies are naturally designed to respond to light. Light tells us it's time to be awake and dark tells us its time for sleep. This is why getting the light levels in your bedroom just right can have a big impact on how well you sleep. A dark room is more conducive for sleeping so you will want to create some ways to block out the light while you are trying to sleep.
The way in which your bedroom faces the sun can make a significant difference and the amount of light the room gets. Rooms facing East are going to get the most sunlight, especially in the mornings and can cause you to wake up bright and early. Bedrooms facing North will not get as much lighting and are actually more ideal for sleeping. You should consider when you're placing your bed in the room in which direction the bed is facing. Facing it toward the bright light might actually keep you up or prevent you from sleeping in.
Blackout curtains can be your secret weapon. Make sure your curtains are long enough. Drapes that stop to short can still allow light in around them. Opt for longer curtains that go all the way to the floor preventing light from coming in around the sides.
If you don't want to go with full heavy blackout curtains you can layer your window treatments. Try using blackout blinds with a layer of draperies. This is also a great way to play with patterns in the bedroom. To help you wake up easier try setting night lights on timers to wake you up slowly in the morning.
Play it cool in the relaxing bedroom retreat
It has been proven we sleep better with our body temperature slightly lower before you go to sleep. This means if your bed is to hot you might not be getting your best rest. Try going natural with your bedding fabrics. Choosing breathable materials such as linen and cotton will allow your skin to breathe. Opt for a lighter weight quilt versus a heavy comforter. You may even need to have one winter and another for the summer months.
To keep the bedroom cooler at night during the summer months try keeping the curtains closed to block heat from coming in during the day. Create a breeze with good ventilation or add a fan to move the air.
Make sure when you are purchasing a mattress you do some research and read reviews before your purchase. Some mattresses contain memory foam can actually sleep warmer preventing a good nights sleep. You can add cool mattress toppers and pads to help cool the top of the mattress but opting for a cooler mattress, to begin with, is the best solution. If you are not sure if you need a new mattress to ask yourself this.
Have you had your mattress for more than 7 years?
Do you wake up stiff or with aches and pains?
Are you sleeping worse than you did a year ago
Does your mattress show signs of visible wear, sags, or is lumpy?
Pillows, Pillows and more Pillows for the relaxing bedroom retreat
Admit it, ladies! We love to put lots of pillows on the bed. Who wouldn't they're pretty and look inviting? But the truth is they can also be a hindrance of a good nights sleep. I would encourage you to only fill your bed with the pillows at night you are actually sleeping on.
Remove any decorating pillows you use before bed. You can try keeping a basket or a chair in the bedroom to hold those extra pretty pillows at night. Pro Tip - Don't over do it with the pillows during the day try limiting your pillow usage to 5- 6.
Make sure your pillows are nice, fluffy and soft. It's no fun to wake up in the morning with a crick in your neck. Make sure you're changing out these pillows out frequently to get the best night's sleep as older pillows tend to go flat.
Keep the tech out of the relaxing bedroom retreat
Lots of relaxation is now lost to technology. Our brains are on constant stimulation and when we spend an hour before bedtime scrolling social media our body doesn't realize it's time to sleep. This can lead to you being physically tired but mentally stimulated. Some devices now give you the option to switch to nighttime mode to reduce the level of blue light. But the best solution is to try to limit your usage or cutting off your device about an hour before bed.
Bright lights on alarm clocks can also be distracting when you are trying to doze off. If this is a problem there are clocks that allow you to cut the light off the clock or you can choose an analog clock instead.
TVs in the bedroom are a tricky topic. Many people have them and yes they're convenient but they can also take over the room that is meant for a calm retreat. If you try to sleep with the TV on the light flickering can disrupt your sleep. I have personally banned them from my bedroom. But if you aren't ready to banish it quite yet make sure you switch it off before you go to bed or set a timer to make it switch itself off.
Picking relaxing colors for the bedroom retreat
Pastels and calming colors will help to relax you and provide a better nights sleep. These soothing colors are essential to creating a relaxing environment. The aim is to create a peaceful restful environment and color will help set the mood. The goal is to help you transition from a hectic day and unwind.
Bright colors stimulate us and can result in a poor nights sleep. Try limiting the number of colors you use in your bedroom to no more than 3 colors. Fewer colors will provide fewer distractions and stimulation. Your bedding will take up a large amount of space in the bedroom so make sure you are choosing soothing colors. Try solid color bedding limiting patterns as the bed will take up most of the space in the bedroom.
Sound for your relaxing bedroom retreat
If you are anything like me you have problems sleeping with sound in the room. This is one I have struggled with for years hence why there is no TV in my bedroom. I must have quite to sleep.
This can get tricky now as hard surface flooring has become a floor of choice for many of us. But hard surfaces such as hardwood and luxury vinyl planing for a bedroom can cause for a louder room.
The carpet will be the better insulator, warmer and quieter feature for the bedroom. Not to mention it's just cozier on the floor when you get out of the bed. If you're not fond of the allergens carpet can hold and you must opt for a hard surface flooring. You may still want to add throw rugs to your room to keep sound levels at a minimum and coziness in the room.
Emotional support from your relaxing bedroom retreat
Now that we have the light, sound and technology settled for your bedroom let not forget the emotional needs. You need to consider what vibe your room is giving off. If your room has become more of a storage area, workroom or toy room you might never get a good nights sleep. Your room will be calling you an endless to-do list. Is your room filled with clutter, paperwork, toys, laundry, piles of mail, packed boxes? If so you must clear it out! Your relaxing bedroom retreat is no place for a to-do list. You need a place to rest and recuperate. Not a place full of more to-dos and worries and guilt of what needs to be done. Anything that has nothing to do with restful sleep or sex with your partner should be removed from your room.
The great news is you don't have to leave your sleep to chance. You have the opportunity to create a room that will banish the world outside and create a relaxing retreat. You can clear your room of all the things keeping you back from a restful night and replace it will things to help you create an inviting oasis. You can invite peace and tranquility into your life and prepare you to take on each new day. If you have ideas for your relaxing bedroom retreat and still feel like you need a bit more guidance I have services to help. Go here to check out how I can help you with one of my design services create your own retreat.