More than one-third of adults in America don’t get enough sleep. Are you one of them?
Your bedroom may be one reason you aren’t getting enough sleep. Everything from the mattress you sleep on to the amount of light in the room impacts your body.
The good news is that a few simple changes can make all the difference. Find out how to make your bedroom cozy again and get better sleep.
1. Choose the Right Colors
Have you ever heard of the psychology of color? Different colors impact human mood and behavior in various ways. For example, yellow is stimulating and energizing while blue is a soothing color.
Of course, color psychology doesn’t have to be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing a paint color. You can always stick with your favorite color. But you should consider changing your wall color if you have trouble sleeping.
Try a relaxing color palette such as soft blues, purples, or greens. Create a tranquil space by mixing soft colors with neutral tones and accents. Pastel colors also help your room look bigger and more inviting.
To get an idea of which color to pick, look at bedroom paint colors online to see which one makes you feel relaxed. You can also visit any hardware store and take a few paint chips home to see how you like the color.
2. Install Soft Lighting
One of the easiest cozy bedroom ideas to try is to change your lighting.
Low lighting helps you relax and puts you in the right state of mind for sleep. Put in bedside table lamps and use those at night instead of an overhead light. Your brain associates bright lights with being awake, so lowering the lighting helps you relax.
Use dimmable lamps or low-watt bulbs for the best effect. 15-watt bulbs should be perfect for low lighting in the bedroom.
Another piece of advice is to use soft nightlights in the bathroom instead of turning on the light. This way, you won’t be blinded if you have to get up to use the bathroom. Over time, you should notice a difference in your sleep cycle and your body will feel more refreshed in the morning.
3. Change Your Mattress
The average person spends one-third of their life asleep. That’s a lot of time in bed, so why not make sure it’s comfortable?
If you’re having trouble sleeping, it may be due to an uncomfortable mattress. It could be too old and broken down, too firm, or too soft.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a mattress should last roughly eight years. But if you’re uncomfortable or having trouble sleeping, you should change it.
Something else to consider is your sleep position. Are you a back sleeper, a stomach sleeper, or a side sleeper?
Many side sleepers wake up uncomfortable because their body isn’t getting enough support. The best mattress for side sleepers should relieve pressure and align your spine for optimal comfort.
4. Make Your Bed Comfortable
Once you have the right mattress, the next step is to make sure your bedding and pillows are comfortable. Try changing your blankets, sheets, and pillows.
Traditional pillows lose their shape and become lumpy over time. The adult head weighs between 10-11 pounds. If you don’t support your head and neck you might wake up stiff and uncomfortable.
Memory foam pillows contour and support your head, resulting in more restful sleep.
If you find yourself too hot at night, you might want to consider switching your sheets to a more breathable material. Opt for 100 percent cotton sheets instead of a polyester blend.
The type of blanket you use impacts your sleep as well. If you get hot at night, use a cotton quilt in summer and switch to a down-filled (or down alternative) blanket in winter.
5. Showcase Your Personality
Your bedroom should be a retreat that you can escape to after a hectic day. You want it to be comfortable, but you also want it to reflect your personality. Think about what makes you happy and incorporate that as bedroom decor.
If you love birds, pick a few unique bird-themed decorations to place on your walls. Show off your favorite books in a beautiful bookcase or frame your favorite quotes and show them off.
Love the vintage look? Design your room around a vintage theme to show off your tastes. Your room is unique and should reflect your personality.
6. Add Some Greenery
Plants not only give your bedroom a pop of color, but they also improve air quality. Trees and plants take carbon dioxide and release oxygen. The more oxygen we have in the air, the easier it is to breathe.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, you might have a hard time breathing at night. Allergens such as dust can make it hard to breathe, which results in poor sleep quality. Plants can improve your air quality and allow you to breathe easier.
Stick with real plants and flowers instead of silk ones. Fake flowers tend to collect dust and might make allergies worse.
Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to use a high-quality air filter.
7. Add Warmth with Rugs
Is your bedroom floor wood or tile? If your floor is cold, it makes it extra hard to get out of bed in the morning. Make your bedroom cozier and add extra warmth to your floor with a fluffy rug.
Even if you have carpet, a rug adds visual interest to your room.
Also, there’s no rule that you can only have one rug. Mix up different sizes and patterns by layering them. Combine a large neutral rug with a colorful throw rug to add dimension and personality.
While this bedroom design tip doesn’t help you sleep, it will make your room more inviting and relaxing.
Make Your Bedroom Cozy Again
These tips will make your bedroom a retreat that encourages rest and relaxation. Everything from the color of your walls to the sheets on your bed impacts your sleep. Make these changes to make your bedroom cozy again and get some much-needed rest.
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