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August 10, 2016
IF YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING at night, there may be a silver lining: It’s a great excuse to give your bedroom a stylish new makeover.
There are several steps you can take to put your bedroom decoration to work to give yourself the gift of better sleep. By creating a calm space and adding a few specialized items designed to enhance your body’s sleep cycle, you can improve the quality of your sleep and boost your home’s value at the same time.
Ready, set, decorate!
You know how fast food restaurants are always decorated in bright reds and yellows? That’s because those colors make you feel energetic — they’re hoping you stuff your face and leave quickly. You want to shoot for the opposite effect in your bedroom, though. Cool colors like green, blue, gray and lavender are much more restful. If you want to create a cozy vibe, pinks and slightly peach-toned tans are the sleepier cousins of bold red and yellow. Painting your walls can be an almost-instant way to bring a restful vibe into your room.
Daylight can wreak havoc on your circadian rhythms, especially if you work the night shift. Invest in blackout blinds or roller shades that will keep the sun from ruining your sleep in the early morning hours. If you’re looking for a more stylish solution, wood blinds, plantation shutters and heavy, lined drapes can also help darken your room and trick your body into thinking it’s time to sleep — no matter what the clock says.
On the other hand, artificial lights can keep you awake for longer than you intended if they’re blazing well into the evening. If you’re a little bit handy, you can replace your regular old bedroom light switch with a dimmer switch. If you have a healthy fear of electrical shock, call an electrician to do the work — it’s still an inexpensive way to help manage your body’s natural rhythms. Use it to dim the lights to half-strength when you’re getting ready for bed or reading a bit to relax, and you’ll remind your body that the sun is going down and it’s time to sleep.
The least fun item on this list might be the most important one for your sleep psychology. If your bedroom is home to a messy desk with lots of work or study materials, you need to clean that up STAT. Having a room full of things that cause you stress is not going to help you sleep. Likewise, any clutter will vie for your attention in the very place where you should be winding down, so remove excess knickknacks and clean up those piles of clothes. An ordered room leads to an ordered mind, which can help you to slip into a peaceful sleep much more easily.
Make sure your bed isn’t working against you. If you’re squeezed into a bed so small that you’re constantly rolling into your partner, replace it with one the next size up. Make sure to ditch a sagging, old mattress in favor one that properly supports your spine and reduces pressure points because you’ll toss and turn far less when you are comfortable. Look into getting a mattress that also offers motion separation to avoid getting disturbed every time your partner rolls over or gets out of bed.
Some of these bedroom decorating ideas will require more elbow grease than others. If nothing else, the extra work you put into redecorating your bedroom may tire you out enough that you fall into bed and sleep wonderfully in your new, restful bedroom.