A good night’s sleep is not something to be taken for granted. Without proper sleep, your work, mental and physical health, relationships, and more can suffer.
There are plenty of factors affecting the amount and quality of your sleep, and many of them may be completely out of your control. But luckily, there are several steps you can take—even within your own bedroom—that can help you get the z’s you need to feel rested and rejuvenated every morning. Here are a few ways to ensure you’re getting better sleep.
Consider your paint color
Most people probably don’t consider paint color an important aspect of better sleep, but Real Simple Magazine suggests it can make a difference by helping set a tone conducive to rest and relaxation. Blue is often considered a serene tone, but it’s also important to consider the colors you are drawn to personally. “If you’re drawn to green shades, for instance, a moss or olive color is likely a better choice than sky blue,” Real Simple says.
Decorate for sleep
Apart from wall color, there are several décor considerations that may help you get better sleep, including adding relaxing fragrances like vanilla and lavender, hanging black out curtains or shades, upgrading to more comfortable bedding, getting rid of screens that emit a blue glow, and getting a bed for your pet so they’re not sharing the bed with you.
Set a mood with temperature and sound
Keeping your room dark and cool can aid sleep, too. Most people sleep best when their bedroom is around 65 degrees and well ventilated, according to HelpGuide.org. And while you can’t control the noise happening outside of your home, you can mask it with white noise or soothing sounds. Ear plugs can also be a good option.
Simply organizing your bedroom better—and reducing clutter—can help set the mood for better sleep. Try uncluttering your bedside table, getting rid of clothing you no longer wear, cleaning out the mess under your bed, and generally working to make things in your bedroom more organized and less chaotic.
If you’re ready to make some changes, check out The Better Sleep Council’s complete step-by-step guide to a bedroom makeover to encourage sounder sleep.