Three Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Sleeping Haven
Ok, folks, here’s a major news flash for you: some nights, I sleep better than other nights. Crazy, I know. All jokes aside, though, it is sort of interesting to think about all of the factors that go into a good, restful night of sleep. The temperature has to be comfortable. There can’t be too much noise (but for some of us, there has to be a bit of white noise). The bed can’t be too hard or too soft, and the same can be said for the sheets. If we share a bed, the other person can’t be snoring or moving or talking. And, naturally, our bodies have to be ready to go to sleep (meaning, you have to be tired). It’s kind of amazing that any of us sleep at all, given how many variables there are. Here’s the thing, though- in order to give yourself (and anyone else who sleeps in your bed) the best chances at ongoing nights of good sleep, you must start with your surroundings, and specifically your bedroom. Here are a few ways to get your bedroom into tip-top sleeping shape:
#1: De-clutter your space.
I think that we can all agree that clutter is stressful. Piles of stuff that only serves to collect dust is an all-out anxiety trap. And, well, it’s pretty well understood that stress isn’t exactly conducive to a good night’s sleep. So, what does this all mean? Get rid off your clutter! Take a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days (depending on the extent of your piles) and clear it all out. Find places to put the stuff that you want to keep, and donate or toss the rest. You’ll be surprised at what a huge difference a clutter-free room makes.
#2: Dust any surfaces.
Once a week, you should take a few minutes to dust off any surfaces in your bedroom that collect dust (furniture, mirrors, windowsills, etc.). Dust mites, which are actually pretty gross if you know what they consist of, are one of the leading causes of asthma and allergies. So take a rag to any hard surfaces, and use a vacuum with an attachment to upholstered furniture.
#3: Keep the pets out!
It may be really tempting to snuggle up to your fuzzy children at night, but pets carry all sorts of icky dander in their fur and dirt in their paws. At the very least, keep your bed as a pet-free zone, if you can’t bear the thought of a pet-free room.