Making your bedroom the sleep oasis it should be is a bit more complicated than it seems. Whether you’re trying to dodge the light and noise coming in from the neighbor’s house party or destress from work, many things can make your bedroom seem like it is anything but a sanctuary. Thankfully, we’ve devised a guide to turning your bedroom into an ideal relaxation space. Here are a few tricks to make your bedroom a place you actually WANT to fall asleep!
Get Blackout Curtains
If you want to create a relaxing bedroom and get rid of the noise and light coming from outside, you need to invest in blackout curtains or shades. These window treatments will cut out the light coming in when you’re trying to sleep, and they will also dull the sound from outside due to how thick the fabric is.
You will feel a world of difference in your ability to sleep by introducing this change alone. Add a plush pillow into the mix and you’re set for a good night’s sleep.
Get Red-Light Bulbs
Red-light bulbs can replace the LEDs in your bedroom to help you fall asleep faster. Our ancestors were exposed to firelight before sleep, so introducing a shade similar to the color of firelight has a natural ability to make us feel sleepy!
While we won’t deny that a red-lit bedroom might not make your bedroom look more attractive, the benefit you get is your sleep, and your ability to view your bedroom as a sanctuary is worth it.
Utilize Aromatherapy Aids
Introduce soothing, sleep-inducing scents into your bedroom to help you fall asleep faster. Get an essential oil diffuser and diffuse scents like lavender or chamomile to drift off to sleep more easily.
Your room will smell great and feel inviting for sleep. You can also find pillow sprays with soothing scents if you want a subtle introduction to aromatherapy.
If nothing else, wear a face mask with flower petals coated inside. Yep, they make them, and they’re great for getting the sleep you need. Inhale roses, exhale roses with these aromatherapy aids and make your bedroom the sleep escape of a lifetime.
Put Work Away
Even if you love your job, your bedroom is a space for sleep. One of the reasons it can be challenging to fall asleep is because work materials are sitting by your bedside. You need to unplug and unwind at the end of the day.
Keeping work near you tells your brain it’s time to work, not sleep. It likely adds to the anxiety and stress you’re feeling about work in general. Get rid of distractions about work by putting work away, and ideally, in a separate room entirely so you can drift off in peace.
Wear Noise Canceling Earbuds
If you’re not falling asleep due to noise, get noise-canceling earbuds and block out sound. Your room will feel a million times more peaceful without these disturbances going off while you’re trying to fall asleep.
Remember that earbuds are more comfortable to wear against a pillow than noise-canceling headphones, so opt for earbuds if possible. You want to make your bedroom as comfortable as possible. You’ll enjoy your room much more without feeling discomfort from headphones.
The Bottom Line
Transforming your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary is about getting the gear you need to make your room soothing. From blackout shades to aromatherapy, there are many tools you can introduce into your space to make falling asleep feel more comfortable to you. Consider the ideas above and transform your bedroom into your sleep sanctuary!