10 Steps to a Peaceful Bedroom
Physical comfort and mental calm both increase your ability to sleep well – read on for 10 tips to create a serene bedroom.
Using a calming blend of neutral colours can provide your mind with visual cue that it’s time to unwind. If you’re worried about it lacking in the looks department, you can still have a bit of colour in the mix with accent shades on cushions and throws. Having said that, if neutral colours don’t tick your box at all, choosing a décor style that you find comforting can have the same effect.
No mess, no stress
A neat room is always going to be a nicer place to be, so staying on top of the tidying will help to reduce your pre-sleep stress. Have a good clear out and invest in some stylish storage for everything that makes the cut, and you should find it easier to maintain a calm and clutter-free space.
We spend so much time in bed it’s really worth investing in your bedding. From finding the right mattress and pillow types to keep your body properly supported, to choosing fabrics and fillings that feel just right for your needs, each element of your bed has an impact on your comfort. If you have a regular sleep position, this can be a good indicator of the kind of pillow you need – soft for front sleepers, medium for back sleepers, and firm for side sleepers. The same goes for mattress types, as the aim is to keep your head, neck and spine aligned and reduce pressure points.
Bedding looks are a matter of personal taste, but it’s proven that natural materials like cotton, silk and bamboo offer superior breathability and therefore more sleep comfort. These materials are better at ‘wicking away’ moisture from the skin to help regulate your temperature, which should mean you’re less likely to wake up from overheating.
Your nose is a powerhouse of sensory processing, and you can use this to your advantage when it comes to night-time calm. Lavender is the classic calming scent, but there are other options out there. Scented candles are great as part of a peaceful bedroom (just make sure you don’t drift off while they’re lit), but we love a reed diffuser as they take care of themselves while delivering a slow release of soothing scent. Pop one on the window sill or your dressing table and keep your bedroom door closed during the day to contain the calm, then once you step inside you’ll get a gorgeous waft of relaxing aromatherapy right before bedtime.
We all love our tech, but making your bedroom a phone, tablet and laptop-free zone can improve your wellbeing and quality of sleep. The combination of notifications and blue light emitted from our beloved screens can keep your mind alert when it should be winding down, so if you struggle to stop scrolling, employing a ban on gadgets an hour before bed will give you the space to shut off.
Get paper-back in the habit
If going to bed without your phone leaves you bored, try a good old fashioned book for size instead. Light reading can lead to a much smoother transition into sleep.
So as we’ve mentioned, light can have a big impact on relaxation levels, so we recommend using some low level lighting in the evenings to help your wind down. Treat your bedside table to a lovely table lamp that will light just enough of your room to keep it cosy while not being too startling on the eyes. To help you have a peaceful night throughout, we also recommend investing in a pair of blackout curtains, which block all external lights from disturbing you.
Plants are still riding high in home trends, and we’ve yet to find a room that they can’t make better. From the comforting green leaves to the fact they make our air a little bit nicer, we love a plant!
Keep your bedroom for bedroom stuff
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary of peace and calm, so it’s best to keep anything else outside if possible. Maintain a strict sleep and relaxation-only space will help reinforce that feeling of serenity.