Whether you’re trying to catch up on shut-eye before baby arrives or looking for new tricks to help you and your little one sleep better – we’re here for you mama. When it comes to sleeping – and sleeping soundly – your bedroom environment has a lot to do with how well you’re able to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. And the same goes for baby’s nursery space!
There are a few things you can do to create a more relaxing and restful vibe in your bedroom and your little one’s rooms – from colors to lighting, air flow to tidiness, and even hitting the right temperature. So, we’ve got 7 tips to help you to make your sleep space that much more spa-like and inviting; because when you do finally get the chance to sleep – you want to make the most of it! Get ready to rest easy…
1. Keep Your Space Clean & Clear
Having a home that is organized and relatively clutter-free can do wonders for your stress levels. When our living spaces are messy it leads to feeling overwhelmed, drained, and anxious – even if you’re unaware of it. There is actually such a thing as clutter fatigue, but don’t go thinking that having a messy bedroom will make you more tired so you can fall asleep more easily. It’s just the opposite in fact! Those increased feelings of stress that arise from having an unorganized space might just be impacting the quality of your sleep through the night. If you’re going to start decluttering your home, start with your bedroom. Clean out your closet, pick up some room accessories that will help you get organized, make your bed every morning, and focus on creating a clean space where you can have a clear head before going to bed. That way, every night when you walk into your bedroom you’ll feel lighter and less burdened, and able to relax that much more easily.
Having functional, streamlined, and elegant furniture can help you love your space even more – and it’s so worth the investment if it helps you enjoy your space and stay organized. Keep that in mind when you’re putting your room together, and when crafting baby’s nursery.
Creating a space for baby that is clean and calming will help you feel relaxed and at ease while in that space. Even from very early on, babies are able to pick up on your moods – and just as they’ll get more agitated if you’re stressed and anxious, they’ll relax more easily when you’re relaxed too. The idea behind Stokke’s Nursery line is all about simple, elegant, and streamlined furniture meant to make your spaces that much more beautiful and functional for years to come. Featured here is their sleek Scandinavian-style Home Dresser, interlocking Home Changer for an easy dresser to changing table conversion, and their innovative Home Bed, which gives your little one a safe sleep space and playhouse all in one.
2. Get The Lighting Right
Your sleep cycles are tied to your circadian rhythm, which is largely dictated by patterns of daylight. Mimicking sunrise and sunset in your bedroom can be a great way to help you fall asleep better and wake up more easily in the morning. If you can set your lights to a timer where they turn off or dim right before bed, and then turn on right before waking up – you’ll be amazed by the difference it can make. Then, when sleeping try to keep your space as dark as possible (this is really good for helping baby sleep through the night as well!). Blackout curtains are one of the best bedroom investments you can make if you don’t have them already.
3. Find A Calming Color
Did you know that blue is a naturally calming color? One theory on why a trip to the seaside is so relaxing is that we have an affinity for the color blue. Regardless of where you’re from, chances are you most likely associate the color blue with peacefulness, openness, and satisfaction. Splashes of soft blue hues can instantly create Zen-like feelings, and who wouldn’t want that in their bedroom? You don’t need to go all-out and repaint your walls, but you can freshen up your bedroom decor with some splashes of cerulean and accents of azure – whether it’s fresh throw pillows, blankets, bedding, artwork, or area rugs – the options are endless!
4. Use Soothing Sounds
When you finally get to bed you may be ready for the sweet sound of silence. But sometimes silence can be a bit too quiet. While you’re getting ready for bed, try playing music intended to relax you. Research suggests that the most relaxing tunes start out at our resting heart rate – around 60-70 beats per minute – and gradually slow to 50 beats per minute. This slowing cadence can actually work to slow our own heart rate and calm us down. While you’re sleeping, you don’t want dynamic sounds in the background – such as TV or radio as it can keep your brain activated when it should be going through rest cycles. But you can benefit from ambient sounds! If there are disruptive noises you want to drown out, try using white noise, the sound of rain, or even the hum of a fan to keep you moving through your sleep cycles uninterrupted.
5. Focus On Feeling Fresh
Having air circulated through your room will help keep things feeling fresh and light. There’s nothing worse than having stale smells and heavy air lingering in your room – and it will make it a place you don’t enjoy being in. Whether you pick up a fan, humidifier, or air purifier – make a habit of turning it on a few hours before bed so you can have a nice fresh space to sleep in.
6. Stay Cool To Stay Asleep
The best ambient temperature for getting a good night’s sleep is generally lower than people expect it to be. The ideal temperature for sleep is actually right around 18˚C (or 65˚F). It may sound chilly, but your body temperature actually needs to decrease in order to fall and stay asleep – and lower room temps can help trigger that process. Of course, everyone is a bit different so feel free to play around with this until you find the best temperature balance for your body.
7. Disconnect From It All
Make your bedroom a screen-free space, especially if you want a goodnight’s sleep. This goes for TV’s, laptops and yes… your phone. Making your bedroom a space that is meant only for relaxing, unwinding, and sleeping will be helped so much by removing the temptation of staying connected to the outside world. If you use your phone as a daily alarm then swap it for an alarm clock! Simple changes like this can have a really powerful impact on your sleep health. If you are going to keep your phone in your bedroom, try to leave it face down and across the room at least 30 minutes before you go to bed.
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This post is sponsored by Stokke UK.