7 Tips for Styling Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

Reader Contribution by Lisa Smalls
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Our bedrooms are our oasis for sleep, relaxation, and rest after long, stressful days. Your bedroom should be the most personal room in your house, especially because you spend one third of your life sleeping.

When it comes to styling your interiors, never neglect the importance of your bedroom. Be intentional with your decisions and create a space that can optimize your sleep to help contribute to a happier, healthier life.

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1. Clear Out the Clutter

A cluttered space is proven to lead to increased stress levels. When you start decorating your room, don’t overdo it. The more opportunities you create to add clutter and mess, the more susceptible you are to end up piling things around. Leave the knick-knacks and the extra chairs out of the bedroom and save them for your living room or den.

2. Start with the Right Bed

Your bed has the biggest impact on the quality of sleep you have, and unfortunately, a lot of people are sleeping on the wrong bed. A recent consumer preference survey found that while 45 percent of Americans are sleeping on an innerspring bed, only 12.6 percent are satisfied with this type of mattress. Don’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed every morning. Do the research necessary to find the best bed for your needs.

3. Be Smart with Your Theme Colors

When it comes to color, don’t worry about unleashing your creativity here, but stay away from intense colors like reds, purples, or oranges. The best colors for sleep are cool tones that help you feel relaxed. Try out light shades of blue when adding color to your sleep haven.

4. Eliminate Noise Distractions

The best way to eliminate sound from your bedroom is to customize your walls and windows. If you aren’t a big fixer upper, don’t worry: There are still ways to keep your bedroom quiet to prevent you from waking up during the night. The first step you can make is being wise about which room in your house you choose for your bedroom. Don’t choose a room that backs up to a busy road or sidewalk. You can also try using a white noise machine that will mask background noises.

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5. Appeal to Your Senses

Not only will you want your room to be visually pleasing, but you’ll also want it to smell and feel relaxing. An essential oil diffuser with scents like lavender or chamomile will help bring a calming aroma to your room.

Think about what makes you most comfortable. This can help you make decisions between carpet, hardwood flooring, or a rug. You can also customize your bed sheets to what appeals the most to you whether than be cotton, silk, or jersey sheets.

6. Keep It Cool

The optimal temperature for good sleep is between 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit, so consider ways that you can keep your bedroom cool for better sleep. A ceiling fan will help keep air circulating in your room, or a stand-up fan that rotates. Fans also provide a soothing white noise sound to help you sleep.

7. Dim the Lights

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) emit a harsh, bright light and blue light which will stimulate you, so when it comes to your lighting options, consider incandescent bulbs which give off a diffuse, warm light. Red light is also known to help with your melatonin production and sleep, so you may want to look into red bulbs for your lamps or red string lights.

You don’t have to be an expert interior designer to create the bedroom of your dreams. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have your own personal sleep oasis to cozy up in every night.