1. Choose a comfortable mattress
Don’t you just love being able to jump into a bed that’s ultra-comfortable, you want to stay there even after waking up? There’s no denying that a great mattress can make or break your bedroom. That’s why choosing the best hybrid mattress or whichever type you prefer—air-filled, innerspring, gel-filled, memory foam--is essential. Whether you sleep on your side, on your stomach, or on your back, there’s an ideal mattress for you.
2. Install window blinds
One of the reasons for sleep deprivation is having too much light at night, which disrupts your circadian rhythm, leading to difficulties dozing off. Effectively block out extra light by installing blinds. This way you can have adequate light during the day and appropriately get rid of extra ambient light when it’s time to get some shuteye.
3. Repaint your wall
To freshen things up in your bedroom, consider repainting your walls with your favorite color. Or choose a color that stirs good and positive feelings for you. According to color psychology, different hues may impact an individual’s mood. We typically associate yellow with cheerfulness and being sunny, while blue is tied to the sky or the sea, often evoking feelings of serenity and calmness.
4. Keep your pillows clean
Pillows are important because those are where you rest your head when laying down or sleeping. Some prefer their pillows fluffy and soft, while some like them thin and firm. Don’t be afraid to experiment and add some colors to your room by getting colorful pillow cases too. Complete the ensemble with soft and breathable fabrics. Don’t forget to always keep pillows clean, especially if you have allergies, to prevent an attack and, consequently, sleep disruption.
5. Place indoor plants and flowers
Consider placing indoor plants or flowers on your bedside table to liven up your bedroom. Aside from adding a splash of green, bedroom plants are believed to help purify the air of toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.
Anecdotal evidence also reveals that taking care of plants helps minimize the feeling of anxiety and other negative moods, allowing you to sleep better at night by reducing your stress levels.
6. Play with lights
Aside from setting the mood in your bedroom and helping you sleep better; proper lighting can also have an impact on your mood. A study done in 2015 found that smart ambient lighting can help uplift the mood of elderly subjects. Exposure to natural sunlight can also help improve a person’s mood and overall well-being by increasing the body's natural production of serotonin, also considered as a “happy hormone”.
7. Keep your room tidy
Keeping your space clean can also help reduce stress levels and may help you become more productive. A messy room can make you feel like you don’t have control over your own space, which can be overwhelming. With a clean room, you’ll feel much more comfortable, whether you feel like moving around or relaxing.
Additionally, make your bed in the morning after waking up to help you feel like you’re starting the day with an accomplishment. Besides, climbing on a bed that’s neat and made up helps you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Don’t forget to wash and change linen often too. Well, who can sleep well with dirty sheets underneath?
8. Spruce up your wall
If you want to feel happier and more stimulated, try hanging wall art on your wall. You can also place the photos of the people you love like your family members, significant other, or friends. Feeling like they’re next to you even when you’re physically apart evokes a feeling of comfort and joy.
When there’s just too much going on, we tend to get agitated and anxious too. So, take your cue from decluttering queen Marie Kondo and throw or give away things that no longer bring tranquility. Often, having too many things in your room can impact your mindset, interfering with your ability to have peace of mind.
The Bottom Line
Your bedroom is where you start and end your day, making it a critical part of how your day goes in between. Keeping your room tidy and comfortable contributes to your overall well-being by facilitating sound sleep and improving your mood. With these tips, you’ll no longer be the person who “woke up on the wrong side of the bed”.