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5 ways to optimise your bedroom for restorative sleep

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The most important place in your house is neither the kitchen nor the bathroom. It's the bedroom. The bedroom is where you start and end your day – and where you sleep, rest and re-energise for the next one.

 

Many of you will agree that there's also nothing better after a long day than when you hop into bed, pull up the covers and let the night become still. That is unless, of course, your bedroom is a hot mess. So, to help ensure your bedroom is a place where you can de-stress, we're going to let you in on 5 secrets on how to turn your bedroom into a blissful sanctuary.

 

1. Remove clutter

 

If a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind, a cluttered bedroom is going to be an exhausted one. The simple act of removing clutter will instantly transform your space. And the best part is that it'll be now easier to keep neat and tidy too. Spring is here, so it's time to clean.

 

2. Colour your world

 

Colour has a bigger impact on your mood than you think. If you're giving your bedroom a makeover, try using wallpaper or paint on your walls that are earthy and neutral in colour. This will help promote a more relaxing and reassuring atmosphere than bright, energetic colours will.

 

3. Lighting is important

 

Lighting is perhaps the most obvious yet overlooked environmental factor that can affect your sleep. It's what regulates our sleep-wake cycle after all. Now while it's essential to keep things dark for bedtime, good lighting can help make your room airier and a more welcoming place to be. For total lighting control, consider installing a dimmer switch.

 

4. Not all noise is bad

 

For some people, relaxing background sounds can help them fall asleep as well as sleep through sudden loud noises that can otherwise wake them. If you like to drift off to natural sounds such as falling rain or rustling leaves, a sound machine could be a worthy investment to have in your bedroom.

 

5. Clean the air

 

How well you breathe when you're asleep is vital to your sleep quality. Those who have sleep apnea will know, but even if you don't, it pays to have fresh air in your room. Opening windows during the day or having plants in your room will help clean the air in your room for bedtime.

 

Bonus tips

 

One of the best things you can do is to put your electronic screens away before bedtime and keep them out of the bedroom. These devices not only distract you when you're awake during the day, but the blue light they emit can keep you up at night too. We suggest you read a good book in bed instead.

 

We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, which means we live about a third of our lives in our bedroom. That's why your bedroom is the most important spot in your house. We bet most of you love hotels, right? Why not give yourself the same fantastic feeling when you walk through your bedroom door at home every night?

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