5 ways to revamp your bedroom for a better night's sleep
Fact: there's NOTHING worse than a bad night's sleep.
Whether it’s the struggle to nod off, or the 4am awakening (and subsequent tossing and turning until your alarm rings) robbing you of your 8 hours – you don’t deserve it.
Nobody should start their working day with bleary eyes and a foggy head, and nobody should dread bedtime. And we think it’s high time to MAKE THIS STOP.
We all know that banishing our post-lunch coffee, turning phones/laptops/tablets off an hour before shut-eye, and drinking herbal tea are all tried and tested methods to help induce the zzz. But did you know that your bedroom decor and setup can impact how you rest too? Read on…
1. Declutter & destress
Apologies for starting with the horrible home truth, but soz… it’s time to clean your messy chair.
Bedrooms that are full of junk can make your mind feel like it’s full of junk too, as the thought of your unfinished tasks (and broken promises to tidy) will be triggered whenever you look around your bedroom. The solution? TIDY IT.
You can actually make this into a semi-pleasant activity too – it’s a great excuse to go homeware shopping and invest in LOADS of storage baskets/trinket pots/drawer organisers. Check out our previous blog post to help you max out storage if you're living in a tiny space.
Clutter out of sight = clutter out of mind. Promise we won’t tell anyone about your messy drawer…
2. Soften up
If you’re flatsharing, chances are you’re using a mattress donated to you by your landlord/parents/ friend, or maybe even one you found on Freecycle. And we get it – cos tbh mattresses are really bloody expensive.
But a rogue spring poking in your back, or sleeping on what feels like a bed of nails can really kill your chance of getting 8 hours in. So don’t put up with it. If you think your mattress has been in the property for a decade and it’s well past it’s sell-by date, flag it up with your landlord. As the owner of the property, it’s their duty to ensure everything in it is of a liveable standard.
Landlord not playing ball, or got a freebie you can’t afford to replace? All is not lost. A good mattress topper can really help you out – check out eBay for a bargain, or Argos for everything from budget to luxurious memory foam.
3. Black out
Glowy street lamps, hall lights, or classic blue LED… excess light coming into your bedroom means more things that could wake you up. Darkness is sacred. Why do you think cavemen slept so well?!
The modern day answer = better curtains. Look for ones that are lined, and preferably in a darker colour. It’s worth spending a little more here too – higher thread count = less holes for light to peek through.
Failing that, try a self-adhesive blackout sticker. This one is £3.50, and can be cut to fit your window. Let there be darkness!
4. Stay cool
Obviously throwing the heating up to full whack, wearing cosy socks and getting under two blankets feels like the cosiest thing in the world – but falling asleep in an extra toasty room can actually be detrimental to a good night’s sleep.
This is because during sleep time, your body temperature drops – and a too hot bedroom can prevent this from happening.
The fix? Try losing a blanket/layer. It might feel like you’re a little cooler when drifting off, but you’ll probably find you’re out for longer – and better. Can’t bear to shed your bed socks? Open the window a tad and let some cool air circulate through the night.
Roll your eyes all you like – there’s a lot to be said for feng shui, and the impact a room’s layout can have on your mood.
Whether you believe in it or not, there’s no harm in trying a feng shui-approved layout and seeing how it helps. The ancient Chinese guidelines state that your bed should be in a “commanding position” diagonally from the door, but not in line with the door. Having a bedside table either side of the bed can bring a sense of balance (and extra storage space), and have the bed against a strong wall for “support”.
Everyone after me: ommmmm…