A good majority of us spend a sizable portion of our existence asleep. In fact, according to popular estimates, most of us spend around one-third of our lives either sleeping or attempting to do so. Whether you’re one that considers your bedroom a sanctuary where you spend the majority of your downtime or you simply use it strictly for sleep, there are a few upgrades you may want to consider in order to ramp up your quality of sleep.
While there are definitely some home improvement projects you shouldn’t attempt as DIY, the tips we’re sharing today are easy enough for even the most novice of do-it-yourselfers. If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep, spend a lot of time tossing and turning, or wake up feeling unrested, you’ll definitely want to try at least some of these ideas.
An Obvious Culprit
If you can’t remember the last time you got a new mattress or it feels like it weighs way more than it should, it’s probably time to purchase a new one. Depending on the brand and a few other factors, most mattresses will last you around eight to ten years and a “bad mattress” can lead to much more than just sleepless nights.
As opposed to opting for a used option on Craigslist or the cheapest option at your local furniture store, buying a memory foam mattress or other high quality choices can make all the difference in the world. Top that off with some nice quality sheets changed out twice a week and you’re almost assured to get better sleep.
Cozy Up the Space
Arguably, your bedroom should be the most comfortable room in the house. Dark curtains and blackout blinds can provide an extra sense of privacy and are perfect for those that work nights and sleep during the day. You should also consider adding a few plants, especially ones with known therapeutic value such as bonsai trees and chamomile.
Another important factor to keep in mind is the overall room temperature as well as how comfortable you are under the covers. If you’re too hot or too cold on a regular basis, consider adding oscillating fans or changing out your comforter and/or bedtime attire.
Lastly, you may want to consider completely painting the bedroom. Whether you choose Sea Blue, Pale Orange, or another calming color, you could be quite surprised by how much of a difference this small change can make.
Lights, Sounds, & Smells
While not everyone is still loving lockdown almost a year later in some cases, a lot of us have taken advantage of the situation and upgraded various parts of our home. Adding smart refrigerators, sinks, and stoves helped usher us further into the 21st century and robot vacuums have literally changed our lives.
However, many of us have inadvertently overlooked upgrading our bedrooms. While it may not seem like there is much you can “tweak” in there, adding things like a control panel that puts you in complete charge of the bedroom lighting, climate, and even music can go a long way to helping facilitate better sleep.
Adding a scent diffuser or using essential oils shortly before bedtime can also be a huge benefit. Especially ones that are known to benefit sleep such as vanilla, lavender, juniper, lemon, and others.
A Quick Reminder From Your Mom
While she may not have used this particular reason in an attempt to get you to clean your room, according to a study in US News, clutter can impact your quality of sleep. Invest in storage options that compliment your style, especially if you did decide to paint, and try to keep the messy clutter to a minimum. It could make a hugedifference.
Upgrading your bedroom for better sleep doesn’t have to be expensive, hard, or time-intensive. Small changes can go a long way and if you implement some of the tips above, you could experience noticeable increases in your amount of quality sleep.
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