Not sleeping well at night can adversely affect your physical, mental and emotional well-being. By changing a few habits and making a few adjustments to your bedroom décor you can get a better night’s sleep and feel more alert and energized each day. These changes are not budget-breakers and don’t require a lot of effort in the redecorating aspect.
If your bedroom is cluttered or currently functioning as a multi-purpose room such as the place where you sleep, pay bills or work and exercise, one of the first changes you need to make is reclaiming the bedroom for its intended purpose. Clear out the clutter. Make a space elsewhere in the house for a home office or exercise area. Through the use of plush pillows and throws, blackout curtains, candles or other accessories, transform your bedroom into a tranquil retreat. Painting the wall a relaxing color can encourage sleep.
Focus on the Bed
It’s essential that you have a good quality mattress to sleep on. Having a large enough area to sleep comfortably also assures you a better quality of sleep. If you’re sharing a bed with another human or with pets, a king size mattress is a good choice.
Would be an ideal way to sleep without feeling cramped for space. Investing in a high-quality pillow is another good thing you can do for yourself. Bedding that you personally find most comfortable is precisely what you should have on your bed.
It’s important that you signal to your body that bedtime is approaching. You can do this by establishing a pre-bedtime routine that involves things such as turning off all electronics, taking a relaxing bath, meditating, writing in a journal or doing something each night that lets your body know it’s time to relax.
Going to bed hungry is not conducive to getting a good night’s sleep. Eating just before bedtime is also not a good idea. You may need to make a change in your schedule that assures you eat a good meal early enough for it to digest before bedtime. You might also want to include foods such as tuna, almonds eggs, peaches, potatoes and bananas at dinner because they encourage sleep.
Maintaining a Schedule
Some changes may be easier to make than others. Changing your mattress may be an easy thing to do while changing your sleep habits may be more difficult. If you’re in the habit of staying up late and sleeping late on weekends or on your days off, you are confusing your internal clock. It’s best to maintain a set bedtime and rising time for the entire week so that your internal clock remains regulated.
Once you discover how much better you feel after a good night’s sleep, you may wonder why you hadn’t made these changes earlier. One other change that can help your sleep routine is to take measures to eliminate stress in your life. Stress may not be totally avoidable but most likely it can be reduced through lifestyle changes and schedule management.