The average person spends a third of his or her life in the bedroom – mostly for sleeping, of course. It’s the place where you can relax, regenerate, and rest – yet it’s often the place we most neglect. The rest of the home takes precedent in many cases, and when people come around all the junk you keep around the house ends up being chucked into the bedroom, where it can stay for a long time. And let’s be honest, this doesn’t make the bedroom an attractive, relaxing place in the slightest, does it?
With all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the changes you can make to your bedroom that might even improve the quality of your life. Here’s some tips on giving your room the status it actually deserves, and help you create a place where you can truly recharge the batteries every night – and day, whenever necessary.
If you struggle to sleep at night, try blocking out any light with thicker curtains or more efficient blinds. It’s not just your eyes that can sense the dark – your skin can, too. The trouble with light in the bedroom is that it exposes your body to a hormone called melatonin, and this can often cause you to wake up. And when you bear in mind that lack of sleep can often lead to all kinds of conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, immune system imbalances and much more, maybe it’s time to get a thicker set of curtains.
Upgrade your mattress
A poor-quality mattress is often the cause of terrible sleep patterns. You get uncomfortable while you are sleeping and move around a lot, spending the night tossing and turning and never getting into that vital stage of complete sleep. According to John Ryan by Design, there is a whole range of different mattresses, each of which suits a different type of person. It’s important to spend some time exploring the best option for you before making your investment, as high-quality mattresses don’t come cheap!
Introduce some plant life
Not only will plants in your bedroom improve its appearance, but it can also improve your health. Plants will consume the CO2 you expel when you breathe a night and turn it into oxygen, making the air in your room cleaner and fresher. Not only that, of course, but plants are great for improving air quality when you have to leave the windows open at night, and pollution from outdoors makes its way into your room.
Invest in storage solutions
Make sure you have enough room in your bedroom to give everything a home. A cluttered bedroom leads to a cluttered mind – and a cluttered mind leads to a bad night’s sleep. If you can remove all the clutter and mess and keep your bedroom in good order, you will enjoy a much more relaxing experience during the evenings – and even when you’re chilling out during the day.
Kick out the electronics
The bedroom is only for a few things – sleeping, chilling out, and…the other thing. But many modern bedrooms these days have a whole bunch of other distractions, mostly in the form of electronic devices. TVs, laptops, smartphone chargers and iPads – the list is a long one these days. While it’s OK to have them in the room, make sure they are tidy, and you are keeping your wires and cables well hidden. Also, never use your electrical devices for at least an hour before you go to bed. The blue light that emanates from them causes your brain to remain active and buzzing, and you will struggle to get to sleep when you go to bed. Try reading a book instead, or even use something like a Kindle which is much easier on the eyes than a tablet or smartphone.
Invest in double or triple glazing
If noise from your neighbourhood is a big issue, try investing in double – or triple – glazed windows. It can make a huge difference when the arguments from next door, the drunken youths, and the car alarms going off every hour are dulled down. You might also benefit from investing in a good pair of high-quality earplugs – it’s a much cheaper option that could actually be more efficient.
The bedroom is the last place in the home that people tend to decorate. It’s no surprise, really, as it’s the one room that other people rarely see. But why not treat yourself and invest in a little bedroom decoration? By making it a much more attractive place to be, you will find you are able to relax that little bit more – and get a better night’s sleep as a result.