As well as being your place of sleep, your bedroom should also be a place of relaxation and tranquility, where you can truly be yourself. Relaxation is important throughout the day and at night when you need to be relaxed to sleep. There are so many changes that you can make to your room to turn it into a true sanctuary.
Get rid of the clutter
A relaxing space for most people isn’t a cluttered one. Mugs and glasses covering every surface, wires trailing across the floor, and papers from work on your desk will lead to a feeling of chaos and disorder. Get rid of all the glasses (and wash them up), use wire clips and tape to keep wires out of your floor space, and store your papers away. You could also invest in more storage solutions, such as shelves and drawers, so that it is easier to store things away.
Get a houseplant
Humans and plants are natural friends. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, while plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. A plant in your room will do all sorts of good things, including increasing moisture in the air and purifying it of toxins, such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Plants also help with relaxation – studies have shown that patients in hospital rooms with plants require less pain medication, have a lower heart rate, and experience less anxiety and fatigue. There are plenty of great options when it comes to house plants, including spider plant, aloe and rubber plant.
Choose muted colors
Your mood can actually be affected by the color of the room you are in. Here are ways that colors can affect your mood:
- Red – this is the color of passion and excitement and has been shown to raise blood pressure.
- Yellow – sunshine, happiness and energy are associated with this color.
- Blue – restful, calming, serene and linked to reducing blood pressure, this is a nice and relaxed color.
- Green – combines the happiness of yellow and the restfulness of blue. This is another good choice.
- Purple – darker purples evoke feelings of luxury and drama, whereas lighter shades are more relaxing.
- Orange – this evokes feelings of excitement, energy and enthusiasm.
- White, black and gray – these are neutral colors that are easy to incorporate into various rooms.
Invest in a quality mattress
A large part of relaxation depends on the comfort of your bed. Your bed is the whole point of your bedroom, so make sure that it is relaxing to sit, lie and sleep on. The mattress has a huge impact on the feel of your bed. Plenty of sleep is essential in our lives, so paying more for a mattress is an investment in your health and relaxation. Your mattress should be supportive, comfortable and help you stay the right temperature, so make sure that your mattress unboxing results in a high-quality mattress that does all of those things. There are top manufacturers from which you can get a great mattress in a box.
Think about lighting
Lights can have a real impact on the feel of your bedroom. If you live in a rented place, then you probably won’t be able to change the main light fixture. However, you can buy things such as lamps to gain control over the lighting of your bedroom. Lights with dimmer switches are great because you can turn them down as the day goes on to better prepare yourself for bed.
Move your desk out of the bedroom
If you want to make your room a space for relaxation, then you can’t also do work in it. Get rid of your desk and make sure that you do all of your work somewhere else. Your bedroom should be where you go to chill out or sleep, and making your brain associate it with work will hamper those two aspects.
Ban screens before bed
It feels natural to check emails, the news and social media right before bed. However, staring at a screen right before bedtime can have a negative impact on your ability to shut off and relax. The blue light emitted by screens affects your circadian rhythm. This is the natural order for humans – waking when it becomes light and going to sleep when it gets dark. The blue light from our screens at bedtime keeps our brains in wake mode right when we want to get sleep – it disrupts the production of melatonin which is the hormone responsible for your sleep/wake cycle.
We hope that these tips will prove usual in helping you to turn your bedroom into a place of relaxation.