After a long day’s work, chores, and the many tasks you need to do each day, having a bedroom sanctuary with a comfy full size mattress to sink into is one of the best feelings in the world. Even if you have a lovely home and ample space to relax in, the bedroom ought to be the place your tired body longs for at the end of the day.What does your bedroom look like right now? Do you feel like it’s calling your name as an oasis of peace? Or does it have clothes scattered all over, dirty dishes hanging around, and shout “chaos”? The room you try to go to sleep in ought to be a clean, peaceful place that helps you relax into your bed so you can fall asleep quickly.
Insomnia is no fun and it affects many people on a daily basis. Sometimes insomnia can be associated with your bedtime routine. If you’ve got the television blaring or kids coming in and out while you’re trying to sleep, your sleep might suffer. But if you create a sleep sanctuary for yourself, you’re more apt to sleep like a baby.
De-clutter your bedroom: Believe it or not, clutter in the bedroom may cause you to experience a feeling of unease. Hasn’t your house ever got cluttered and things were piling up all over and you began to feel a bit anxious about it? Then you got to cleaning and felt the anxiousness disappear once you were done? The same thing can occur in the bedroom. When it’s cluttered and messy, it emits an anxious energy that can make you feel the same. But if you de-clutter and clean it up, you’re more apt to feel relaxed and pleasant, making it easier to relax and fall asleep.
Choose pastel colors: If you have loud colors in your room, consider changing them to pastels, as pastel colors like beige, white, cream, etc. have more of a calming effect on your body. If your upholstery or bed coverings are loud colors, you might want to consider changing these as well.
Limit or remove the television:For many people that opt to have a television in their room, it causes no problem, but for others it tends to keep them awake longer than they need to be. Have you ever gotten into a movie, got to sleep later than you wanted, and then regretted it the next day? Having a television in the bedroom is not a bad thing, but if you do choose this, limit your television watching time in the evening and be sure to turn the TV off before going to sleep, as you’re more apt to sleep better this way.
Add some candles: Scented candles can take an ordinary bedroom and turn it into a relaxing space much like you’d see at a spa. Go ahead and place candles throughout your room and take time to sink in your bed with just the candles on sometimes and relax to the max. Take some time to meditate, pray, contemplate, etc.
When you take your room and make it into a sleep sanctuary, you’re more apt to fall asleep faster and sleep better throughout the night. Go ahead and create your bedroom oasis as soon as you can.
“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Do you feel like your bedroom is a sanctuary?
Do you feel at peace in it?
What are some ways you can make your bedroom into a sanctuary?
It is my continued desire to share knowledge about all things that help us thrive, flourish, create, maintain and share happiness. I can’t emphasize enough what a good night of restorative sleep does for our bodies, minds and emotions. In my experience as health and wellness editor at Sleep and Wellness Magazine I have been called upon to weave a user-friendly true story about the nature of our inner garden and the impact of “sleep-fulness” and sleeplessness upon our overall health and wellbeing. Modern life has made many aspects of the daily routine easier and at the same time, added volumes of stress that make the simple pleasures, such as a great sleep, somewhat illusive. When we learn to slow down and “be” with life, in life and immersed with presence and attention wonderful things can happen. Enjoy this series on the Magic of Sleep!