Where you sleep makes a difference in sleep quality. A calm, relaxing bedroom is more conducive to good sleep than one that is cluttered and anxiety-inducing. You can create a relaxing bedroom environment with the right colors, bedding, and lighting.
Simplify Your Bedroom
A relaxing bedroom starts with removing clutter and other distractions. Clutter in your bedroom can make you feel anxious and make it difficult to achieve the calm you need for good, restful sleep.
Bring balance to your room with symmetry in design, placing matching nightstands and lamps on both sides of the bed. Place your bed as far away from the door as possible, but with the ability to see it. This placement will promote the flow of energy, according to feng shui, and minimize light and noise.
Choose an Appropriate Mattress
Not just any mattress will do. Each person has unique needs, so it’s essential that you choose the right bed that will be comfortable and supportive. A good mattress can help relieve pressure and pain and offer a relaxing place to sleep and restore each night.
Consider your body size, sleeping style (back, side, or stomach) and other personal preferences when choosing a bed that meets your needs. For example, you can get a custom hybrid mattress that is made based on your answers to a sleep quiz.
Mattress size is as important as type, as you’ll need to find the right size of bed to fit yourself as well as any partners, pets, or pillows. However, you want to avoid a mattress that is too large for your room and clutters the area.
Consider Room Color
Color in your bedroom can influence a calm environment, or be stimulating and induce anxiety. You should take care to choose the right colors for your walls, picking colors that make you feel relaxed and calm.
Light pastels and neutral, earth, or skin based tones can be calming, while darker colors can make the room feel small. Blue promotes a feeling of calmness and can reduce blood pressure and heart rate. On the other hand, bright reds and oranges can be too stimulating.
Block Out Distracting Light
While a bright bedroom can be beautiful during the day, light at night can interfere with sleep. Your circadian rhythm depends on cues to determine what time of day it is. The most powerful of these is sunlight.
When you are exposed to light, your brain gets a signal that it’s daytime and time to be awake and alert. If you’re exposed to light at night, your mind may get confused and make you feel energized even when you’re getting ready for bed.
It’s a good idea to use heavy curtains to block out window light. They can be closed at night, so you aren’t disturbed by light while you’re sleeping. You can open curtains in the morning, so you get exposure to sunlight first thing and send appropriate signals to your brain that it’s daytime and time to feel alert.