I have a love/hate relationship with sleep. My chronic fatigue means I need a lot of it. However, it is often not very refreshing or leaves me feeling more tired than when I went to sleep in the first place.
Over the years, I have had to come up with more and more ideas on how to make sleep work for me.
I have also learnt to try and make my bedroom a nice environment, which is going to help me relax, rather than put me on edge and wake me up.
Here are a few ideas of things you might be able to do when it comes to rearranging your bedroom for a better nights sleep.
Sleep With Your Bed Next To The Wall
OK so hear me out on this one.
Positioning your head against a solid wall can keep the chills at bay.
If you were out and about and needed a nap, you would instinctively put your head in the most protected spot, so bring that natural instinct into your bedroom.
If you are a restless sleeper, like me, then this can actually give you less room to move about and help lower the chances of you accidentally falling out of bed.
Take Away the Screens for a better nights sleep
There have been all sorts of research which shows that reducing and removing screen time in the hours leading up to bedtime can really help.
So yes, this means removing the TV and trying to charge your phones elsewhere.
If you are a person who just can’t say no to having their phone by their bedside, then using the feature to reduce the blue light can go some way to help.
If you are an avid reader then, of course, sticking to books rather than tablets is the best idea, however, if you do want a kindle or the like then look to invest in an e-ink e-reader, such as the kindle paperwhite.
Use Calming Colours
When it comes to your bedroom the colours used within it can help create a calming atmosphere.
Choosing colours such as lavender, pale blue, soft green or pale yellows can help bring together a calming feel in a room.
Try and stay away from reds, purples and browns as these can have the opposite effect.
Think About The Temperature
One thing that really does affect me when it comes to sleep is the temperature of the room.
Anything too hot or cold and I am definitely not going to drift off.
So have a think about if you need the radiators on or a fan to cool the room to the right feel for you before your head hits the pillow.
Think About White Noise
If you struggle to get to sleep at night, then thinking about adding something into your room which creates white noise is something that might help.
White noise is basically any noise which masks other noises. Giving you a consistent sound, which allows you to switch off from anything from doors slamming to traffic going past.
To bring white noise into your bedroom, you could, of course, use an app. However other ideas could be a water feature, air purifier, fan or anything which makes a constant noise you can “tune” into.
Think About What You Sleep Under
I spoke about a mattress before, but you also need to think about what you sleep under and above.
Your sheets, duvet and pillows are all a big player in getting the perfect night’s sleep.
When it comes to covers and sheets, look for cotton with a high thread count, to not only be comfortable but help regulate temperature.
While scrimping on your pillows is a definite no, no. Remember they come in all different textures, fillings and plumpness and you need to find the right mix for you.
If you sleep on your side, you can also get pillows which will help you with this, so do shop around.
This is only a start of things you can do within your bedroom to make it a calmer, more relaxing place for you to fall asleep each night.
You will, of course, find some things work for you, while others don’t, so don’t be afraid to play around with different ideas until you find the perfect room setting for you.
I personally would love to hear about your favourite tips for getting a better night’s sleep and what you do in your rooms to make it as relaxing as possible, so please let me know in the comments below.
A big thanks to you too Sarah who has written this blog post. Some fantastic ideas for us all to get a better nights sleep. Please check out www.lifeinabreakdown.com If you would like some free winter wellness tips make sure you check out this post.