With so much to do every day, sleep often falls to the bottom of your list of priorities. The days never seem long enough, and you feel forced to deal with 4-6 hours of restless sleep before your alarm goes off and you do it all over again the next day. Sometimes it takes all the energy you can muster to drag yourself through moody mornings and fatigued afternoons, but what can you do about it?
There just aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done, let alone sleep enough! One thing you can do is set up your bedroom as your sanctuary. A warm and cozy place that helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better, even if you can’t get enough sleep. The quality of sleep you get is just as important as the quantity of sleep you can manage. Warm colors, comfortable furniture, soothing scents, and automatic lights are just a few of the ways you can help yourself feel well-rested at the start of each day.
Set Up Your Sanctuary Your bedroom should be conducive to helping you fall asleep faster at night and sleep better throughout the night. Ever hear the saying, a cluttered room leads to a cluttered mind? There’s a lot of truth in that, so the first thing you need to do is de-clutter your space. Use dressers, shelves, and other organizational tools to help you keep organized, or at least hide your clutter behind closed doors. Out of sight, out of mind.
After you’ve de-cluttered your space, make sure you have some essential elements in place. A comfortable bed with soft sheets and comfortable pillows will obviously help you fall asleep faster. You should change your mattress every 8-10 years, and if you aren’t using a memory foam bed, get a memory foam mattress topper to throw over it. Always make sure you’re sleeping on clean and comfortable sheets as well.
You should keep a small table next to your bed to hold a book, magazines, and anything you may need if you wake up in the middle of the night. A glass of water, your glasses, and maybe a notebook and pen if you like to record your dreams.
Elements to Help You Get to Sleep Faster There are some things you should never do if you want to get a good night of sleep. Never keep lights or a television on, as these can interrupt your deep sleep cycles. Try reading a book instead of watching TV before you sleep. If you really have to catch up on your shows, set a timer on the TV so that it doesn’t interrupt your cycles. Dimming and automatic lights are other great elements to help you fall asleep faster. You can read in a dim light that’s set to turn off automatically in case you fall asleep reading.
Conclusion Setting up your room with the right elements will help you fall asleep faster and sleep better throughout the night. Always remember to follow a routine and try to limit television and computer activities before sleeping.