Ways To Improve Your Sleep Space

February 16, 2019

Bedrooms are comforting sanctuaries, built with dreams. On average, we spend a third of our lives sleeping, and it would be silly to neglect the importance of what a good night's sleep can do. Sleeping is essential in keeping our minds and bodies intact, and a lack of sleep can cause weight gain, a lower immune system, and increased inflammation, amongst emotional and mental strain. We've put together a list of easy and simple tips that will help improve your sleep space, and help you achieve a better night's sleep. Check them out below!

Dim Lighting
Light levels can play an important role in the way that we sleep. Higher light levels have been shown to suppress melatonin, which is a hormone that provides the body’s internal biological signal of darkness. Avoiding bright lights, and by using dim lighting tends to be more efficient in helping you sleep better, and maintaining your natural sleep cycle. Set the mood with a dimly lit lamp, candles, or a night light. It's recommended that you turn your light off as soon as you feel sleepy to indicate to your body, that it's time to drift off.

You may find that some aromatherapy methods, can help you fall asleep a lot easier. Lavender essential oil is the most common fragrance associated with relaxation, and is a natural remedy that can help soothe your mind, and help to reduce anxiety. There are many ways to introduce essential oils into your sleep routine, such as dabbing onto your wrists, neck and temples before bed, taking a bath with drops of essential oils, using a diffuser, or lightly scented body lotion before jumping into bed. You can also find sleep sprays specifically designed with a variation of fragrances to spritz onto your bedding, and pillowcases. If you're not too fond of lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang and jasmine are also known to help.

Making sure that your bedroom is clutter-free, and that items or clothing are placed in their correct areas, can help reduce stress levels. Creating a room that is comforting, safe and clean will help you improve a better night's sleep. Use soft accents and tones that you may associate with sleep, and invest in comfortable bedding and pillows. Your bedroom becomes much more peaceful when it's tidy and clean, and you won't be distracted by mess, which means you can spend more time relaxing and less time stressing.

Avoid Technology
Smartphones, laptops and television screens emit blue light, which also suppress melatonin and keep the mind and body alert. Many of us use the time before bed to catch up with tasks, that we may not of had time to accomplish during the day, like sending emails and messages, or scrolling through social media. Activities on electronic devices keep the muscles throughout your body remaining tense, which can lead to stress and interrupt your sleep pattern. Try to turn off all electronic devices, a good few hours before you fall asleep, and keep them out of the bedroom.

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