How to Create the Most Relaxing Bedroom
If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media for any length of time, you may be aware that I am a 5AM workout gal. Before you think “OMG, WTF NO WAY” or “Girl, more power to ya – I’m not a morning person!”, I’d like to point out that — I’m not a morning person, never have been, never will be. I workout in the morning only because that’s the best time in my schedule where I can fit it! Ha!
I’ve given tips before on how to get yourself up early in the morning so that you CAN be a morning workout person, but what if you aren’t getting restful sleep??
Our bedrooms are supposed to be a place of relaxation, right?? Your bedroom should be a place where you can go at the end of the day to recharge and recover from the day’s stresses. If you are having trouble unwinding when you head to sleep, then you may be suffering from your surroundings. Here’s how to create the most relaxing bedroom to get the most rest and relaxation.
There’s a saying that goes something like “Don’t skimp on the things that separate you from the Earth. You should have the best shoes, tires, and sheets.”. I totally agree with this saying. Splurge on the best sheets you can afford. If your bed is lumpy or otherwise uncomfortable, replace it! Your body and mind will thank you for a new bed and new sheets!
Our brains all react to different colors. Red stimulates blood flow and appetite, blue is calming and can make you feel relaxed. When it comes to painting your room and choosing the decor, try and go for a blue shade or theme. You will be surprised how one simple change can affect the whole room and make you more relaxed. Give it a try!
I know this is tough for a lot of us, but, remove the TV from your room, as well as other screens (phones, tablets, computers). I enjoy lounging around in bed and binge watching my favorite shows or playing Diner Dash on my iPhone just as much as the next person, but it’s not good for our relaxing environment. The light from our screens stimulates our brains into thinking that it’s time to be awake. This can mess up your circadian rhythm (the cycle that tells your body when it is time for sleep). Not to mention, your bed should only be used for relaxing things like reading, sleeping, or even meditation. This way, your body knows that when you are in bed, then it is time for sleep!
We humans like to sleep in cooler environments. When we are falling asleep, our bodies will actually lower in temperature as our breathing slows and heart rate stabilizes. Get a head-start on this process by lowering the temperature in your bedroom just a few degrees. If it doesn’t work the first night, try a couple more degrees the next night, and so on, until you find the sweet spot.
Now that you know how to create the most relaxing bedroom environment, you should have no troubles getting to sleep. If you happen to be reading this while lying in bed, trying to sleep, put the phone/tablet/laptop away and get some sleep! Otherwise, comment below and let me know your tips on turning your bedroom into a relaxing sanctuary!