Make Your Bedroom Your Sanctuary

All it takes is one restless night to remind you of the importance of getting enough sleep. Sleeping well affects our quality of life and is a significant part of staying healthy. Having a nightly routine that prepares your body and mind for bedtime is the first step to getting a good night’s rest. But the next step is making your bedroom a cozy haven! Here are some ways to optimize your bedroom to achieve the best possible sleep.

A Cool Sleeping Environment

Having the right room temperature is crucial in getting a good night’s sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, the average temperature for optimal sleep is 65°F – not too hot, not too cold. Warmer rooms are not only uncomfortable, but they can interfere with your body’s thermoregulation abilities, which, in turn, can disrupt your sleep.

Use a Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets can help with restlessness, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. It is believed that they stimulate the production of serotonin, reduce the stress hormone, and increase melatonin levels – all important for helping your body prepare for slumber.

The Right Pillow

Using the right pillow is a must! We don’t all sleep in the same positions; therefore, a standard pillow isn’t the best fit for everyone. When selecting a pillow, consider its shape, thickness, and firmness. Whether you sleep on your back, front, or side, you will need a pillow that supports the curve of your neck and aligns your spine in the position you find most comfortable.

Use a Sunrise Alarm Clock

A sunrise alarm clock is an alarm that gently and gradually wakes you up instead of surprising you out of a deep sleep. It can also help maintain a more balanced circadian rhythm, which leads to more consistent sleep and wake times.

Calming Colors

Having calming colors such as shades of blue, light green, white, soft pink, or beige in your bedroom can evoke feelings of relaxation and are conducive to getting a good night’s sleep. Other effects of calming colors include:

  • Calming the nervous system
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Minimizing distraction
  • Creating balance
  • Reducing stress

Do you have any tips for making your bedroom your sanctuary? Share them with us in the comments below!


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