Do you have problems sleeping? Your bedroom may be part of the problem.

Here are some suggestions for your bedroom that will help you get a restful night’s sleep.

  1. Clear any clutter.
    • This includes items under your bed because they can affect your ability to sleep well.
    • A cluttered room makes for a cluttered mind. When the mind is cluttered, sleep becomes disrupted and challenging.
  2. Bed placement is of utmost importance.
    • Make sure the headboard of your bed is against a solid wall. It’s best not to place your bed under a window. A solid wall provides a sense of security and safety.
    • Place your bed so, while lying down, you can see the door. Seeing the door while lying in bed brings a sense of safety. It allows you to relax and let go.
    • Do not place your bed opposite the door opening. This can be damaging to your health and well-being.
    • A headboard is essential. More specifically, a solid headboard is best because it is more comfortable if you need to prop yourself up in bed. Solid headboards also add to your sense of security.
  3. Add restful colors such as shades of green, blue or pastels to symbolize rest and relaxation. 
    • The color red can be used for an accent but is best to avoid in large amounts because of its stimulating effect.
  4. Add images/accessories to your bedroom that symbolize peace and calm to you. 
    • Images or items from nature are especially soothing and relaxing. 
  5. Make your bedroom a place for rest and intimacy – not a workspace.
    • Remove TV, cell phones, computers from your bedroom. The electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) are harmful to health and can disrupt sleep.
    • Do not sleep with your cell phone next to your bed.
  6. Purchase bedding that is soft, comfortable, and maintains a satisfying temperature for you while sleeping.
  7. Before bedtime, keep lighting low in your bedroom. This prepares your body for sleep.
  8. Spritz your pillow with a lavender essential oil mist. Lavender enhances relaxation.
  9. Stop using all technology at least an hour before bedtime.
  10. Create a bedtime ritual that is soothing and nurturing.
    • Listening to soft music or a guided meditation may help to relax your mind and prepare for sleep.

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