A good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in how your day plays out. Will you be productive and full of smiles, or cranky and dragging your feet? We’ve all been in both camps, and there’s nothing worse than waking up and immediately feeling groggy, just knowing the day ahead is going to be a long one. If you find that this is an all too often occurrence, it may be time to assess what your sleep environment looks like—AKA, your bedroom.
Choose the right bed setup.
Everything from your sheets to the throw pillows and your mattress should make falling into bed at the end of a long day relaxing. Finding the right mattress can make a world of difference, so make sure to do your research and shop around before making your final decision. And don’t underestimate the power in investing in bed decor that fits your personality!
Have secondary lighting.
I have string lights around my room for when I still want light at nighttime, but not the bright light that emits from my lamp. The dimmed lighting really helps me wind down if I want to read before bed, or even just watch a show.
Consider a darker shade for curtains.
In college, my roommate and I had blackout curtains in our dorm room, which made such a difference in my sleeping patterns. While it wasn’t always the best idea for a 7 am wakeup call, on the weekends, they made it a lot easier to sleep in without the harsh sun peaking its way through. Full on blackout curtains may not be necessary for you, but even a darker shade could help you get a full night’s sleep.
Keep the temperature cooler.
Waking up in the middle of the night feeling uncomfortable because of how hot it is? Not ideal. If it’s not hot enough outside for AC, maybe keep a fan on your nightstand. This can double as white noise as well.
Keep your bedroom clean.
This may sound like a no brainer, but a clutter-free room will make for a more relaxing environment. Try to separate things like work and eating from your bedroom—and leave that space solely for relaxing.