Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health, energy levels, and overall well being. Unfortunately, getting a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep isn’t always possible, especially if you’re one of the 10% to 18% of U.S. adults affected by chronic sleep issues.
But if you have trouble sleeping, the first thing you should do is take a look at your bedroom. When your bedroom is designed for sleep, you’ll sleep better — so let’s take a look at a few simple changes you can make to your bedroom to help improve your sleep quality.
Remove Any Screens
In today’s technology-focused world, many people keep screens in their bedrooms — televisions, computers, tablets, and even phones are often present in bedrooms. This is especially true with Google getting about four billion search queries each day. However, looking at screens before bed can severely hinder your sleep.
The blue light emissions trick your brain into being more awake, making it harder for you to sleep. So if you have any screens in your bedroom, consider removing them. You should try to avoid screens a few hours before bedtime for the best sleep possible.
Get Rid of Clutter
If you have a lot of stuff in your bedroom, that may play a role in your sleep issues. If you have clutter surrounding you, it may be more difficult for you to calm your mind. This is why it’s so important to keep your bedroom clean, organized, and clutter-free.
With interior designers recommending updating a room’s decor at least every 10 years, now is a great time to make a few small changes to your bedroom. Consider making your bed every morning and packing away the miscellaneous items on top of your dresser.
When you have less clutter surrounding you, your mind will have less to focus on, allowing you to drift off to sleep peacefully.
Keep the Room Cool
The temperature of your bedroom plays a key role in how well you sleep. When your room is set at a cooler temperature, your body will know it’s nighttime and it’s time to go to sleep. So consider setting your thermostat lower or even investing in a fan or two.
Another great way to cool down is to take a hot shower or bath before bed — after a hot shower, going into your room will be much cooler and will help your body relax.
Choose Colors Wisely
If you’re adding a new element to your room, or even repainting the walls, it’s important to think about the colors you’re putting in your bedroom. While bright, fun colors are certainly aesthetically pleasing, they’re not the best to help you relax and sleep well. Instead, consider calm colors like blues, greens, and even pastels. Being surrounded by these colors can immediately help you feel more relaxed and sleepy.
So if your room is currently a bright color, consider switching to something more muted.
There are a lot of different things you can do to improve your sleep. But even if you exercise regularly, take supplements, and are one of the 76% of Americans who eats organic food for the health benefits, you won’t sleep as well if your room isn’t sleep-ready. So keep these simple tips in mind and make a few small changes to your room to help you get the sleep you deserve.