The power of sleep is not to be underestimated. Sleeping gives your body the time it needs to rejuvenate (hair, nails, and skin) and re-energize (brain, muscles, and organs). For decades the medical profession has advised that the average adult should get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to achieve the maximum benefits of sleep. Your bedroom plays a part in this — the more welcoming your bedroom, the better your chances of optimal sleep.
Your Walls Are The Wrong Color
It can be fun to have a dramatic color scheme in your bedroom but does a garish red, or dark purple or inky blue make you relaxed? Color psychologists suggest that the best colors for better sleep are blue, yellow, green, silver, and orange. If you must have drama, keep it to one feature wall and make it behind the bed, so it is not what you see when you wake up.
You Need A New Mattress
Mattresses have a typical life of eight years. If yours is older, it won’t be supporting your body sufficiently, and you might be waking up with aches and pains. Choose a new mattress and buy the best you can afford. Test various types and see which feels the most comfortable for your usual sleeping position. For example, side-sleepers need a mattress like this one from Ghostbed. Ghostbed is a US-based mattress company and has sold more than 1 million sleep products in its 18 years of business.
Your Bed’s Feng Shui Is Off
You might not set many stores in philosophies like Feng Shui but when it comes to good sleep, there’s no harm in trying, and it certainly doesn’t do any damage. Follow the guidelines for the Feng Shui Commanding Position, and you might find you do get better sleep. The power of Feng Shui will be better if you follow some other guidelines one of which is the banishment of clutter. A tidier, less cluttered bedroom is better for better sleep. Psychologists also believe that if you declutter your home generally, your mind is in a better state for relaxation and sleep.
It’s Too Hot Or Too Cold
When sleeping your body should be able to concentrate on its rejuvenation and regeneration, not using energy to fight external factors such as temperatures which make it work harder to warm you up or cool you down. There is an optimal temperature for sleep, so adjust your thermostat accordingly.
It’s Not Dark Enough
A streetlight right outside your window, neon lights from nearby business premises and sunlight hitting your face in the morning can all interrupt sleep. Use heavy curtains to block out the light and if you use a blind make sure it covers the entire window to avoid it allowing chinks of light in around the edges. Blackout linings, curtains, or blinds are a better proposition. Another critical issue is that of blue light in the bedroom. Blue light is emitted from TV screens, laptops, and cell phones. Blue light has been proven to suppress melatonin, the sleep hormone, so it’s better to avoid screen time before bedtime and banish screens from the bedroom.