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If you aren’t feeling like you’re getting the best sleep, then it might be time to see if you can make some changes to help combat those restless nights. For instance, if I have paper laying around or clothes strewn across the bed, then I like to take a few minutes to tidy-up and put those things away. Get into good habits and declutter on top of surfaces like nightstands and put everything away in drawers, closets, and other storage solutions that you may have. Be sure to only leave out the essentials. You’ll instantly feel calmer. If you’re naturally a very tidy person, then this may not apply to you, but keeping your bedroom clutter free and tidying-up a few minutes before bed can be helpful because it's all too easy to let the clutter creep in.
Dress up your space with decor
Your bedroom is your sanctuary and your surroundings should reflect that. While keeping your sleeping space minimal, consider adding some personal, decorative touches which can make you feel relaxed and calm. In my bedroom, I have canvas prints with inspirational sayings and a collection of crystals which promote good energy. Think of meaningful quotes to put you in the right frame of mind - maybe you came across a quote inside of a magazine that really resonated with you - frame it. Or consider soft furnishings such as ottomans which can serve as storage and a place for you to sit on and luxurious fluffy rugs to step out of bed onto.
Prioritize your bed
That's right - make your actual bed the main focal point of the room. If your mattress is not as comfortable as it should be, then look for an alternative such as a memory foam mattress. Many people have trouble getting to sleep due to the lack of comfort, support, and quality of their mattress and it's really important to get a good night's rest. When you're rested you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead. And don't forget about investing in new pillows. I prefer firm pillows which provide the proper support for my neck and you can never have enough pillows which can also induce a good night's rest. Lastly, there is your bedding. It goes without saying that clean sheets are one of life’s little luxuries but don’t forget about the actual duvet set itself. If you love color, then use your bedding as a way of expressing that or if you love simplicity, then choose a crisp white set.
The power of scents
Having the right concoction of smells in your room can really ease up any tension you may be feeling. Essential oils have been used for centuries to promote relaxation along with mental and physical wellness. Research has also found that essential oils can improve disrupted sleep. An hour or so before bed, I light an incense and spray room freshener - like the Egyptian Cotton Fabric & Room Freshener from Kohl's. It's so light and crisp and smells soooo good!
You can also try the following:
rose - it is known to lower blood pressure and the number of breaths you take per minute, which makes falling asleep easier.
lavender - a classic, well-known soothing scent. Lavender has been proven to lower anxiety, stress levels, pain, and more by reducing your heart rate.
geranium - this aroma has a relaxing effect on the mood and is often identified as a natural anti-depressant.
Get some plants
Consider placing plants inside of your bedroom. There even some plants that are said to help aid in sleep. This post about 10 plants you should have in your bedroom can help you choose which type of plant you should select. Peace Lilies are a great option as they purify the air by removing toxins and could help reduce allergies and ease dry throats or sinus problems. And don't worry if you don't have a green thumb because they’re fairly low maintenance plants to keep alive.
Read before bed
Our stress levels tend to build up throughout the day and then when it’s time for bed, your mind might be racing and thinking about tomorrow’s to-do list. This is something that I have challenges with - constantly thinking about what I have to do. But reading a chapter before going to bed is a great way to unwind while also gaining new information or just getting wrapped in a really great story.
It provides some sense of escapism without stimulating your brain too much.
After a long day of work, school, running errands, taking care of loved ones - whatever it is that you may do - there's nothing like being able to just take a deep breath and relax. Use these tips to help you set up your space that will encourage a well-rested night because you deserve it!
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