Don’t Forget Your BedroomM
akeover mania continues to sweep the nation from extreme home renovations to quick fixes and easy decor boosters; it seems everyone is looking for ways to enhance their living space. As the trend grows, it seems the bedroom is often neglected in lieu of updating more “public” areas of the home.
However, the bedroom environment has a major impact on the quality and quantity of sleep. Improving it should be a top priority!
The bedroom should be the most luxurious and personal space in any home – a soothing oasis that is conducive to relaxation and indulgent comfort. And creating a personal sleep sanctuary that will meet your needs for rest and rejuvenation is easier than you may think.
Before creating your sleep sanctuary, first evaluate your current bedroom environment and determine what works.and what doesn’t. But what do you look for? How can you tell if your bedroom is or isn’t conducive to quality sleep? While many sleep-robbing factors are evident, some are so obvious that we tend to overlook them day-to-day.
It is important to take a step back and carefully analyze your sleeping space. The best way to do this is to trust your gut and merely follow your senses…
- Is your bedroom well-organized?
- Do you use your bedroom as a workspace or eating area?
- Is there clutter or excess décor or clothing that could be removed?
- Do you feel your bedroom adequately reflects your taste and personality?
- Is your bedroom the first and last place you want to see every day?
- Join the millions of Americans who are waking up to the reality that a new mattress can make all the difference.
- Don’t settle for less than you deserve. If you don’t wake up thinking, “I love my bed!,” it might be time to part ways and fall in love with a new one.
- Try not to get stuck in the habit of cluttering your bedroom. Your mind is already full of the day’s clutter – keep your sanctuary clean and your accessories to a minimum to create a calming environment.
- Make it meaningful: Showcase the elements of your life in the bedroom. Frame significant photographs and memorabilia to add a personal history to your sanctuary.
- Add something organic: Plants and fresh flowers bring new energy into your sanctuary and remove toxins from the air.
- Keep it simple: The accessories you choose to enhance your sanctuary should be meaningful. Don’t clutter your room with objects you don’t need or use.
- Be organized: Rid yourself of any items in the bedroom that don’t serve a positive purpose. Don’t let your closets or dressers overflow. Keep the floor areaclear. Don’t store clutter under your bed. You may not be able to see it, but you’llpsychologically know that it’s there!
- Power down: If you must have a television in your bedroom, hide it in an armoire. Keep the work materials and unnecessary electronics out of your bedroom, especially your laptop or desktop computer. Your bedroom is not an office, restaurant or gym.
- Mix it up: Your accessories and finishing touches can be where you get really creative and let your character shine. Have fun with the accessories and artwork. Keep in mind that they are the first and last things you see everyday, so make them items you really love and that are special to you. Rearrange your accessories periodically to keep your bedroom fresh and fun.
(Source: The Better Sleep Council; www.bettersleep.org; Music by Josh Woodward – Already There)