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Day 4 - A Calm & Relaxing Bedroom Promotes Better Sleep

Sometimes we tend to forget to take into consideration our physical health when creating more calm in our lives. When your body feels better, you're bound to have an improved mental outlook. A key component to better health is getting a good night's rest. This can be difficult for many of us when our lives are jam-packed and our minds are constantly on overload. Follow these tips for creating a calm and relaxing bedroom, and you'll be getting better sleep in no time.

Get Your Best Mattress

First and foremost, the best mattress you can afford is recommended, if at all possible. Go to the store so that you can test out each mattress and find the one that feels best for you. It's a good idea to try to find a store that allows for a trial period to make sure you love it and that you'll sleep well night after night.

Another possibility is to ask your friends if they like their mattresses and why. When you find someone who describes the same kind of firmness or softness as you prefer, get all the details and order one up. Nowadays the big thing is to order online and have it delivered and there are many different brands out there. Again, make sure you can return it if it's not exactly what you want and need.

Keep it Cool

Temperature matters when it comes to getting a good night's rest. You want to sleep in a room that is cool in order to promote sleep. Cooler temperatures alert your body that it's time to sleep.

Sometimes, for some people, it's hard to fall asleep if your feet are cold. Notice if that's keeping you awake and make sure to have some warm socks on when you go to bed.

Make it Dark

Waking up to see light filtering in through the curtains can truly disturb your rest and make it harder to fall back asleep. That's why it's smart to add light-blocking drapes to your bedroom. Keeping things nice and dark will add to your nighttime routine. In addition, avoid adding night lights if at all possible.

Add Soothing Colors

Calming, cool colors are best for the bedroom. A nice pastel will promote rest and relaxation far better than a brighter hue. Save the brights for more energetic spaces like the kitchen or living room. Color matters when it comes to getting a good night's sleep and that can go for your sheets, too! You're usually better off with fairly neutral tones.

And while we're on the topic of sheets, make sure they feel good on your skin. A high thread count is often preferred, but it's also an individual preference. When looking for bed linens, make sure you test how they feel -- not just on your fingers but the inner part of your lower arm.

Make it Neat

This one goes without saying. Be sure to clear the physical clutter in your bedroom as much as possible. Seeing piles of laundry to be put away or the paperwork that's waiting for you in the morning will not put you in the right frame of mind for rest. Get rid of other types of distractions like television, computers, and excessive décor also.

Reconsider Your Alarm Clock

Not only do you want to sleep well through the night, how you wake up can also have an effect on how you feel. A harsh, high-pitched, buzzing alarm clock will jar you awake. This can cause you to feel agitated, rather than rested and rejuvenated. Look for one that wakes you gradually, with music that increases slowly in volume or that adds increments of light to help you to adjust to the waking hours.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to create the bedroom of your dreams. Your surroundings make a difference to your sleep quality. Make your room as pleasant to all of your senses as possible in order to enhance your rest.

Sparkles and Love,

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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