As the most private room, the bedroom is well worth indulgent improvements that foster relaxation. You can easily transform a bedroom into a genuine venue for refuge and repose with little effort and minimal investment.
Keep vexing work files, nerve-jangling television sets, and other electronic devices elsewhere. While you may be tempted to bring them into your bedroom, bear in mind that these things can be very stimulating to your brain, thereby sabotaging all those efforts you’ve made to create a serene and restful space. Sufficient studies have shown even the light from these devices can interfere with healthy sleep patterns.
Some people find it helpful to unwind and relax by reading for a brief time, meditating, or listening to calming meditative music or nature sounds. Playing a soft white noise in the background can also help foster sleep.
If redecorating or remodeling, choose comforting colors, soothing textures, and calming accessories. Be sure your bed fits your individual needs—remember, a quality mattress will pay for itself with every good night’s sleep.
And, most of all, make it right for you. Step back, take a breath, and note how you feel. Make this your personal haven—the ultimate space for spending restorative time beautifully.
Lavender—the soft scent of sleep.
From herbal folklore to scientific studies, the consensus seems to be that lavender truly does help one find a night of restful sleep. Lavender oil may increase slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows, and muscles relax. It’s during this phase that the brain is thought to organize memory, as well. Look for pure, organically grown lavender oils, scented candles, pillow sachets, or linen sprays. A slight whiff of this favorite herb may be just the ticket to help you have a good night and sleep tight.