Evaluate Your Current Bedroom
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...
Sunlight is a natural, positive source of energy during the day, but it can disrupt deep, restful sleep. Light – such as the rising sun – is one of the body’s most powerful time cues and can wake up the brain long before the alarm goes off.
- When sleeping, is your room as dark as possible?
- Is there light coming through blinds or curtains in the early morning hours?
- Are the TV or hallway lights left on while you are sleeping?
- Is your alarm clock brightly illuminated and facing you throughout the night?
Comfort and support are key. The most critical component of any bedroom is the bed itself. Your mattress should not only meet your needs for comfort and support, but it should also be considered a major investment...and one that you make every 7 years. To top it off, it’s the soft textures of a bedroom that help make it cozy and inviting.
- If you sleep with a partner, what size bed do you share?
- Have you had your mattress for more than 7 years?
- Do you wake up regularly with aches and pains?
- Have you had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed (such as a hotel)?
- How does the texture of your bedding make you feel?
- Does your mattress or bedding show visible signs of wear and tear?
All homes have a unique aroma. Smells often subconsciously connect us to certain memories or moods. Some people may have the ability to block out unpleasant odors, but it still may have an impact on you throughout the night. Additionally, there are certain scents, like lavender, that help promote sleep and well-being.
- Are there certain scents that make you feel especially calm and relaxed?
- Do you occasionally ‘air out’ your bedroom and/or allow in fresh air?
- Does your detergent and/or fabric softener have a negative or positive impact on sleep?
- 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?
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.
Plan Your Makeover
When you realize your sleep habits and sleep environment are not the best they can be, it’s time to think about improvement. The investment in quality sleep does not happen overnight. Take the time to get inspired and focus on what you want from your new bedroom sanctuary.
Your bedroom is a true reflection of yourself. It should provide the ultimate comfort and support and be an invitingly special space. Your bedroom is where you begin and end each day, so it’s important to make it intimate and personal, but also keep it simple and uncluttered.
Everyone has a different idea of the ideal. Start exploring your options and take notes to hone in on your taste, style and bedroom desires. Find inspiration in the everyday – and the every-night.