Winter is here and with it, I am sure a lot of my friends like me are enjoying the lazy days the cozy feeling, the extra 5 minutes of sleep. Aaaahh! The bedroom feels like a safe haven where peace ensues in the form of sleep. The blanket covering us in a bubble leaving the tension and worries behind and lets the body recuperate, healing with the gentle rhythm of breathing.
But for some of my friends out there, a bedroom is not a peaceful sanctuary, but more like a ring, where they play rounds of sleep, some known or unknown contender landing brutal punches and keeping the sleep goal afar.
So for all my suffering friends, we decided to help you out by suggesting some changes that you can introduce in your bedroom to overcome the difficulty in sleeping. Now there is lots of stuff available in the market, and according to one's budget and need you may go overboard, but we are suggesting 5 simple common things which work for most all. Yet remember it won't be just about buying stuff, there's more to it, so here goes your key to sleep:
- Now I feel we have all heard, "you made your bed, now you lie in it', in the case of sleep this idiom fits literally rather than figuratively. Your bed needs a good mattress; it goes a long way for sweet dreams. It's not just about the pain caused in the neck and lower back by an old and overused mattress, but also the allergies that you can avoid that harvest in an old mattress. Studies also suggest that a good mattress that lets you rest will elevate your sleep quality and hence lead to fewer stress levels.
- Our sense of Smell is often underestimated, but the relation between mind and smell is overwhelming. Lavender is believed to be a calming/ relaxing fragrance. It relaxes brains and invokes the deep sleep if inhaled in the bedroom environment. So infuse the lavender in diffuser form, or sprinkle oil or water on your pillow for that hibernation feeling.
- Light, the source of all good on earth. Yet when it comes to sleeping, natural or artificial light poses a challenge. Our circadian rhythm is sensitive to light and unnatural sounds. No, no need for dark room, just invest in some heavy curtains or an eye mask or both. Make sure when sleeping the bedroom is dark including barring your devices like mobile, tabs etc. from bed.
- We are talking about bedroom changes and converting it to a safe haven, so let your calmer self-reflect in your bedroom. Fill it with things that soothe and relax you. Research suggests that bedroom should only be used for sleeping and sex, so your brain learns to differentiate between work and relaxation. So make your bedroom your happy place and take all other matters to other parts of the house.
- Lastly, it's you who needs to sleep, so all these changes won't achieve many results if you are doing everything to reverse the effects. You may need to make some changes in your lifestyle as well, inculcate in good sleep hygiene, follow your body clock, avoid eating, alcohol, even exercise close to bedtime.
It's our sleep, our bedroom, our health, so make it yours, own it. Slowly you can introduce the changes and gradually create your very own place of marvel. Say hi to your bedroom and bid goodbye to sleepless tiresome nights.