Small Bedroom Changes that Improve your Quality of Sleep

Having trouble falling into a slumber? Your room environment might be to blame. Use these tips to help make your bedroom feel more relaxed, and help you fall into a deeper, longer sleep.

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Most people have had a rough night or two. Some even face chronic sleeping problems, like insomnia or anxiety, that can keep them up well into the early hours.

What if a few aesthetic changes in your sleeping room could help change that? Studies have shown certain changes in your bedroom can make you feel more relaxed and fall asleep more easily. Could it be true?!

It can be tough to discern the fact from fiction when it comes to myths around sleep, but it is certainly true that arranging your bedroom a certain way can help you drift off quicker, for longer.

Below are a few tips to help you understand how/why you can improve your quality of sleep:

Lighting arrangements

Certain levels of lighting can either help or hinder your efforts at sleeping. Generally speaking, bright and searing lights won’t help you, as they can be distracting even when your eyes are closed. That said, not many people enjoy sleeping in complete darkness either.

A soft, low light can be achieved with the certain lamps that cultivate a more relaxing environment and thus, a deeper state of sleep. There’s also the case that humans aren’t nocturnal and do feel more tired when darkness falls (aka night-time). But just a low bit of lighting is enough to keep you comfortable and cozy, yet not too alert so as to stay awake.

Colors and moods

A busy bedroom is a bad bedroom. To improve your quality of sleep, you want to stay away from loud and brash painting jobs and color schemes. Also avoid artwork that’s bold and brash – put all those aesthetic choices in a different room, like your games or hobby area. In the end, your bedroom should be a place of calm and tranquillity.

Go for calming and perhaps more muted colors; pale blues, pastel greens, lilacs, or even neutral colors like silver and grey. They’re not too harsh on the eye and may even help you be more inclined to be lulled off to sleep. Indeed, color schemes might not seem like a big deal at first glance, but color is full of character with a plethora of mood changing influences. Make sure your colors perpetuate the sleepy kind.

Clean up

Every time you encounter mess at home, your brain will create a little mental note to clean it up. Enough mess, and you have the makings of a full-scale DIY project going on. Therefore, it’s important to regularly clean your bedroom. If you don’t, you’ll never be able to rest properly with all your tidying up duties rattling around in your head.

Fresh bedding, floors clear of clothes, and wiped down surfaces will go a long way in ensuring that you can fully relax in your bedroom without guilt, irritation or distraction. Once everything is spick and span, you can truly sit back and sleep to your heart’s content, knowing that there’s nothing you need to do but snooze.

You Snooze, You Win

These small bedroom changes are mostly centered around changing your state of mind. Sleep is about tricking yourself into signing off and resting, especially if you’re a busy person who never stops all day. Ultimately, a few choice room decorations can make that happen a lot easier for you.

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