Make Over Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

Add plants.

Many of them are natural air purifiers, plus the scents may help lull you to sleep. The best greenery for your bedroom, according to the National Sleep Foundation: snake plant, lavender, jasmine and English ivy.

 

Try new pillows.

If a new mattress isn’t in the budget, opt to upgrade your pillows instead (you should do this every 18 months anyway or any time you start to notice neck or back pain). The best one for you depends on your sleep style and other factors, but consumer reviews and ratings can help you narrow in on good options.

 

Put your gadgets out of sight.

Many of us are already getting way more screen time than usual during quarantine. Remove the temptation of scrolling Instagram in bed by stationing your devices out of reach once it’s lights out. This will also keep annoying charging lights out of view.

 

Keep the color scheme neutral.

Bright colors may make you smile, but save them for accent pieces like pillows and throw rugs. Cool beiges, greys and blues may promote a more relaxing environment that can be more conducive to better sleep.

 

Banish your desk.

If there’s any place else you can stash your desk and other work- or finance-related furniture, move it. Having them in the same place you sleep can increase stress.

 

Consider smart lighting.

Programmable lighting systems allow you to customize your lighting for various times of day — meaning when it’s time to wind down, you schedule your lights to slowly dim, and you can create a sunrise effect by having your lighting ramp up slowly in the morning. Smart lightbulbs, plugs and other accessories are relatively affordable and may be worth looking into if good sleep is an issue.

 

Test out a weighted blanket.

The latest trend in reducing anxiety is based on the idea of deep pressure touch, which has long been used to help calm children on the autism spectrum, but it has gained popularity with adults. You’ll want to check with your doctor before trying it, particularly if you have respiratory issues.

 

Commit to making your bed.

Loads of self-help experts say making your bed every morning boosts productivity and mood. But there’s also evidence it can improve your sleep. In a survey, people who do this simple task every day were nearly 20% more likely to report consistently good sleep.

 

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