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    10 Ways to Sleep Better

    A good night’s sleep is for our overall health and well-being. But did you know that the design of your bedroom can also impact the quality of your sleep?

    Here are some straightforward design tips to help you create a bedroom that promotes better sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead:

    1. We all know the drill – ‘keep electronics out of the bedroom.’ But it is astonishing how many of us ignore this adage, to the detriment of our sleep quality. Opting for an old school alarm clock, instead of your phone alarm, will not only look charming, but it will also help you nod off at night too. Your phone is a portal to the outside world, and all its associated stressors. By keeping it out of the bedroom, you are creating a sanctuary for sleep. An alarm clock, on the other hand, is a simple tool for managing time, with none of the bells and whistles (literally) that can interfere with your sleep. If you are still not convinced, consider this: your phone emits blue light, which has been shown to suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy. So, by keeping your phone close to your head at night, you are actually making it harder to fall asleep. So do yourself a favor and ditch the phone alarm in favor of a more low-tech option. Your sleep – and your sanity – will thank you for it.
    2. Consider painting your bedroom walls in calming colors like blue or green. These hues are known to promote relaxation and help reduce stress levels. Whether you are looking to refresh your living space or create a more serene environment, choosing the right colors can make all the difference. If you are not a fan of blue or green, consider a neutral shade like beige or gray. No matter what color you choose, it is important to paint your walls in a color that you find calming and soothing.
    3. Opt for comfortable, natural bedding. Invest in a high-quality organic mattress and pillows that are comfortable and support your body. Make sure your sheets are soft and cozy and consider using a light blanket for the summer or duvet for added warmth in the winter.
    4. Whether it is the sound of traffic outside your window or your partner snoring, noise can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. To promote optimal sleep, your bedroom should be as quiet as possible. Use a white noise machine to drown out any disruptive noise. White noise is a sound that is produced by combining sounds of all different frequencies together. This type of noise can help to mask other sounds, making it easier to fall asleep. If you live in a noisy environment, consider using earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to help block out the noise. You may also want to invest in soundproofing your bedroom to create a truly quiet environment.
    5. It might be time to invest in blackout curtains or an eye mask. Blocking out unwanted light can help you sleep better and waking up with the sunrise may have worked for our ancestors, but it is not always practical (or desirable) in the modern world. Blackout blinds can help keep your bedroom cool in the summer.
    6. Try using an oil diffuser with calming essential oils. Essential oils have long been used for their relaxing and calming properties and diffusing them into the air is a fantastic way to enjoy their benefits. There are many different essential oils that can help promote relaxation and sleep, so experiment to see what works best for you. Some good essential oils to try for relaxation and sleep include lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang. Add a few drops of your chosen oil (or a mixture of oils) to your diffuser and enjoy the calming atmosphere it creates.
    7. When it comes to mattresses, size really does matter. If you share a bed with a partner who is a fidgeter or a furnace, you know how important it is to have enough space. Being woken up by an accidental kick or having the covers thrown off is not a recipe for good relations. A king size mattress is the perfect solution for couples who want to sleep well together. With plenty of room to move around, you will not have to worry about being disturbed by your partner during the night. If you are considering upgrading to a king size mattress, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you have enough room in your bedroom for the larger size. You will also need to make sure your bed frame and mattress foundation can support the additional weight.
    8. There is nothing worse than trying to get a good night’s sleep on an uncomfortable bed. A mattress that is too soft or too hard, or lumpy and uneven, can make it impossible to get comfortable and drift off to sleep. That is why it is so important to make sure your bed is as comfortable as possible. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a mattress. If you sleep on your side, you will usually want a mattress that is on the softer side, to support your hips and shoulders. If you sleep on your back, you will typically want a mattress that is firmer, to support your lower back. In the end, it is all about personal preference for what firmness is right for you, but it may be worth considering a latex mattress that are known for their excellent support as well as their ability to contour to the body. The most important thing is to experiment until you find what works for you.
    9. Your bedroom should be an oasis – a place where you can relax and unwind after a long day. But if your bedroom is cluttered, it can be a major distraction and make it harder to relax. Here are some tips to get rid of any clutter in your bedroom and create a tranquil space. Start by decluttering your nightstand. Get rid of any old magazines, books that you are no longer reading, and any other items that are just taking up space. If your closet is overflowing, consider getting a storage container to keep seasonal items in. Finally, declutter any other areas of your bedroom. This may include your desk, chest of drawers, or any other areas where you tend to accumulate clutter. Once you have decluttered, take a few minutes to dust and vacuum so that your bedroom is clean and tidy. With a little bit of effort, you can transform your bedroom into a tranquil oasis. Get rid of any clutter and create a space that you can relax and unwind in.
    10. We all know how important it is to keep the temperature in our bedrooms just right. We do not want it too hot or too cold, but just perfect. But what we often forget is the importance of humidity to improve sleep. The ideal humidity for the bedroom is between 30 and 50 percent. A lower humidity in the bedroom can actually improve sleep by making the air less dense and easier to breathe. The air is also less likely to hold onto heat, making the room more comfortable and less likely to wake you up sweating. In addition, a lower humidity can reduce the amount of dust and other allergens in the air, making it easier to breathe and less likely to trigger allergies. So, if you are struggling to get a good night's sleep, try adjusting the humidity in your bedroom and see if it makes a difference.

    By following these simple tips, you can create a bedroom that is more conducive to a good night’s sleep. So go ahead and give them a try – your body (and mind) will thank you for it!