If you're not getting the quality shut-eye you crave, it may be time to rethink your bedroom environment. A lack of sleep can lead to more than just sluggishness and under-eye circles; research shows that it can weaken the immune system, cause weight gain, and impede overall health, not to mention shorten your life span. While you can't build more hours into your day, you can tinker with your bedroom environment to improve your chances of getting a restful night's sleep. Here are a number of ways to do that.
ADD A FAN
Ceiling fans have the power to work like a lullaby with their soothing white noise and gentle breeze to keep your body cool. And, since they're cheaper to operate than an air conditioner, you won't lie awake fretting over your electric bills. Your sleep will be more comfortable in mind and body.
COLORS THAT SOOTHE
A bright tuscan inspired yellow may be the perfect shade to brighten a dark room, but it's not ideal for a restful night’s sleep. A better choice would be one that considers going with a more relaxing and calming shade in a cool-color family like light blue, sage green, or rich purple. Color your room for beauty sleep.
WAKE UP CALL
Waking up rested isn't only about the number of hours your head rests on a pillow. It also has a lot to do with how the slumber ends! It's not normal to feel refreshed with an obnoxious alarm clock. You may want to invest in an alarm clock that eases the transition from sleep to wake, rather than startling you. This will definitely help you start the day feeling fresh.
DIM THE LIGHTS
Remember how cozy it was for you when your mom turned out the light after tucking you in? There's something so relaxing and ritualistic about the routine that really invites real relaxation. Re-create that comforting atmosphere with a dimmer switch that works via remote control. Some even allow you to choose different shades of light! If you need help, we at Unique Home Building are happy to help install them.
The beautiful morning sun light is an incredible thing to wake up but when it shows up too early, it can deprive you of crucial REM sleep. One of the easiest ways to find something suitable for keeping you asleep is with the darkness that black out shades provide. Once you're awake and moving, though, make sure you open the shades wide, because morning light also helps strengthen your body rhythms and get your brain going!
CLEAR THE AIR
Dust, pollen, and pet dander trigger allergic reactions that cause sinus and asthma problems and can seriously disrupt a good night's sleep. There are many air purifiers out there - so do your homework and see how cleaner air can help your sleep improve!
If you'd like more suggestions or to jump into a bigger home renovation project, we at Unique Home, would love to help! Here's to your health and rest!