One of the worst things you can have in your room is a bunch of electronics. Research has shown the light emitted from anything that’s plugged in (literally, anything that’s plugged in) mimics daylight—a trigger to your brain that it’s awake time not bedtime. Even iPhones and cellphones affect the way our brain relaxes at night. Ditch these items and a sweeter sleep is sure to follow.
Utilize your windows
Letting a little fresh air into your home will do your body, and how it sleeps, good. That’s because the airflow provided by a good breeze will improve the air circulation of every room in your house. It will whisk away allergy causing agents and will improve the quality of the oxygen you breathe.
Be critical of paint
It’s been said a baby will be restless and more apt to cry if their room is painted yellow and there may be some truth to that. Certain colors trigger us to feel awake; others help us relax. Some can even make us feel hungry or sad. When painting your bedroom, it’s best to stick with colors that are known to relax: white, beige, pale hues, blue, chocolate browns, and green.
Pick accents wisely
Accents are some of the last things you’ll see before you go to bed and among the first things when you wake up. So it’s important to choose them accordingly. Plants are a good accessory to add to any room because they purify the air. Candles are another soothing bedroom element—they improve the scent of a room, but also provide ambient lighting that can help induce relaxation.
When choosing art, pick images that reflect what’s important to you in your life; use photographs of your family, paintings of scenes from your travel destinations, whatever you like. Also, when decorating, try to avoid clutter. A room filled with knickknacks can be more stressful than restful.
Look for the best layout
Arranging a bedroom need not be a difficult task, but it does involve some work. According to the basics of feng shui (an ancient science), the best bedroom should have a bed that’s easily approachable on both sides and should never face a door. Other tips? Invest in a good mattress and bedroom furniture. Also, keep dressers away from your bed frame (you don’t want to bump into them).