I believe that apart from properly unwinding after work, one of the best ways to ensure that you get a great night’s sleep is by making your bedroom the most calming and relaxing place it can be. Today I’ll be sharing some of my favourite ways on how to turn your bedroom into a sleep haven.
1. Calming scents
Scent can play a very important role in how well we sleep. I love using skincare products that contain lavender before getting into bed, such as Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, as I feel they can really help relax me before going to sleep. It’s also a great idea to pop a calming reed diffuser or scented candle in your bedroom to keep things feeling calm. Wax Lyrical do an amazing lavender and chamomile scented reed diffuser and scented candle which are perfect for keeping in your bedroom as they both smell great without being overpowering, which I love. They would also make a great gift idea for anyone in your life who deserves some great sleep!
2. Dim the lights
One of my favourite ways to unwind in the evenings is by switching off the main light in my bedroom, and turning on my bedside lamp and some fairy lights. This can really help to prepare your body for a restful night as exposing yourself to too much light at the wrong time of the day can alter your body’s internal sleep clock.
3. Keep things cool
There’s nothing worse than trying to get to sleep in a room that’s too warm or stuffy. Your body temperature naturally starts to drop as you drift to sleep, and anything that stops your body temperature from dropping slightly can prevent you from getting a good rest. That’s why it’s best to avoid turning the heating up too high at night.
4. Clear the clutter
In order for your body to associate your bedroom with sleep, you need to get rid of any clutter that could be distracting. Work-related documents, laptops or TV screens can all stop your mind from getting into sleep mode when you’re in your bedroom. Remember, out of sight – out of mind! Getting rid of any non-essential electronics such as laptops from your bedroom can also make it easier for you to not get tempted to use them before going to bed (which we all know can stop us from falling asleep).
5. Comfort comes first
Above all things, getting a good night’s rest relies quite heavily on having a comfortable bed. Perhaps it’s time to change your old mattress or replace your pillow (I recently did this, and it’s made a huge difference to how well I sleep!). Most mattresses are designed to last up to around 10 years. It’s also a good idea to change your bedsheets and replace them with new ones that feel soft. Nothing quite beats the feeling of getting into bed with a fresh set of sheets!