July 15, 2017
Sleep is something that evades the best of us. We could be dead tired and yet, our chaotic minds, stress levels, and to-do lists tease our brain and exhaust our bodies to the point where it becomes hard to consider sleep. Setting the mood in your bedroom is one of the best ways to encourage a deep, restful sleep each night. Try these ideas and items in your room to set a relaxing mood.
Dim Those Lights
Bright lights caused our brains to stay awake, so dim lighting is encouraged in the bedroom. Lights like wall sconces, night-lights, or low-wattage bulbs in decorative lamps all produce a calming and relaxing atmosphere. These types of lights don’t emit high wattage or too much light. They provide just enough for us to see where we are going, but not enough to keep our brains actively awake. Other items to try are black out curtains that work wonders for keeping out the bright sun, especially if you work at night and have to sleep during the day. The bedroom should be a place to unwind, and dimming the lights can help encourage our brains to chill out and let sleep come.
Consider Soothing Sounds
Sound therapy systems, or noise machines as many people know them, produce audible sounds that are used to promote relaxation. There are many sounds to choose from like rain falling, waves crashing, rain, thunder, a fan blowing, or white noise. These are only some of the sounds that are available on sound machines and people can choose one that they like that soothes them. The idea behind these devices is that certain frequencies and volumes of sounds encourage relaxation and sleep. Which sound would you choose?
Try a Humidifier
Humidifiers have been around for many years and are still one of the most popular tools used to promote relaxation and rest. Humidifiers do what they are named for, and add humidity to the air which prevents dry throats and congestion. More humidity also helps with snoring, as the increased moisture in the air allows it to move better letting us breathe more easily. Dryness creates thirst and irritation, as well as snoring, which are all the key factors in keeping us awake or waking us up throughout the night. These devices can help achieve the perfect sleeping environment.
Diffusers and Oils
Aromatherapy is used by thousands of people for various illnesses and ailments. Oils such as lavender oil are among the top choices to promote sleep and relaxation. Diffusers can be anything from a candle to an electric diffuser that plugs into the wall. A small amount of oil is placed in or on the diffuser, and the heat allows the scent to fill the room. They are frequently used as calming methods, and to de-stress or ease anxiousness, all things that rob us of sleep.
The Perfect Pillow
You may not realize it, but your pillow might be the cause of you waking up 100 times a night. Pillows only last for so long, and once they have served their life, it may be a chance to consider a new one. There are “cool” pillows that prevent your face and neck from getting too hot, as well as firm, soft, side sleeper pillows, back sleeper pillows and many others. If your neck aches or you wake up feeling tense or unrested, a new pillow might be the cure.
Bedrooms Are for Rest
If you make your room a place to relax and sleep, it will become a relaxing sanctuary to you. Try to keep work out of the chamber and avoid bright lights that trigger wakefulness. Keep bright screens like the T.V, smartphones, or other devices to a minimum. All these things interfere with our sleep schedule and cue restlessness for the entire night. Humidifiers, sound machines, fans, essential oils, soft or dim lights, and the perfect pillow can have you drifting off in no time.
Bio: Sarah believes that sleep should be a priority in everyone’s lives, which is why she started Sleepy Deep – a place where people can learn more about the physical and mental benefits of sleep.