1. Electronic Devices
We know it’s hard to do, but it is a vital practice for protecting your mental and therefore, physical health. Maybe moving your TV or a gaming console might not a hard choice, but when it comes to smartphones, tablets, and laptops it’s a different story.
Smartphones seem like a necessary evil, but remember, these devices are a source of artificial light that greatly affect the body’s melatonin production schedule and natural circadian rhythms. It’s also necessary to admit our addictions to these items. Technology at just an arm’s length away has become our main source of entertainment but also a distraction. When we hear a notification, it’s nearly impossible for us not to check and satisfy our impulse.
Even if you won’t completely avoid keeping electronic devices in your bedroom, the minimum you should do is to stop using them for two hours before bed. Also, don’t forget to silence notifications. This way your phone won’t light up and wake you before your alarm.
2. Work-Related Materials
Establishing boundaries between our office and our home is needed for maintaining healthy relationships among our long-term commitments. Sometimes, taking work home with you is unavoidable – maybe a big presentation is due the next day or you’re catching up after a few days of being sick. You could even be trying to learn a new skill for your career or be a remote worker entirely. Even in these cases, create a workspace away from your bed.
The best-case scenario is to find a cafe nearby so your home only houses relaxing energy instead of stressful stimulation.
3. Beauty and Hygiene Products
The rule is simple: anything that you put on or use right after a bath, such as lotion, deodorant or others, should be in the bathroom. Hair products should be close to where you style and dry your hair. Makeup should be by the mirror you use. If the mirror is in your bedroom, consider moving it to another spot in your home. This will help avoid powder or other foreign substances landing on your sheets or hanging in the air.
Keep your bedroom clean and substance-free as much as possible as airborne properties travel farther and last longer than you realize.
4. Books and Magazines
This suggestion is probably confusing since reading books in the bedroom is typically thought of as relaxing – so, why are these items part of this list? It’s simple when you realize that once again, it’s because reading at night requires an artificial light source.
Also, depending on the person, sometimes a book is just too good to put down and you end up losing sleep in order to read “just one more chapter” similar to TV show episodes. We recommend that you read outside the bedroom. If reading helps lull you to sleep, maintain it as part of your nighttime ritual, but do so outside of the bedroom.
If you insist on reading in bed, keep just one book on your bedside table as several create actual and mental clutter right next to where you lay your head to ‘turn off’. Move books and magazines you’ve already read to a different part of the house in order to make your bedroom (and your mind) seem lighter.
5. Food and Drinks
There’s not much to contest about this suggestion. Eating and drinking on or near your bed are above anything else unhygienic. It increases the chance of bedroom linens becoming stained or attractive for an infestation.
While breakfast in bed is a great surprise for romantic moments and other occasions, don’t make this a part of your daily routine. Eating in the bed is a habit that not only disrupts your sleep cycle, but it also affects your physical health.
Our recommendation is to keep only a glass of water by your bedside as a means to start your morning routine.
6. Nightstand Clutter
A nightstand serves an important function in your bedroom every day and as such, it deserves serious consideration. This is your place for the practical things that you’ll use, touch, and access daily.
Keep these items limited to the essentials: alarm clocks, table lamps, seeing glasses or a sleep mask, etc. Don’t clutter it with photo frames and decor – leave those for other places in your home. Remember to make this easy by investing in a table that is functional yet to your liking.
7. Clothes and Shoes
Your clothes and shoes should only be in one of two places: outside of the bedroom or inside a closet. Leaving them all over your bedroom is the fastest way to make your bedroom look like a mess.
This is more than a good sleep or decoration tip; Keeping your closet organized to reduces stress and makes it easier to get dressed every morning. Your morning will be a breeze just by having your clothes visible and centralized.
8. Bright Colors
If you already have sleeping problems such as insomnia then avoid bringing bright-colored items into your bedroom. Bright colors stimulate the brain, so instead, paint and bring in linens or decor that are sleep-inducing blues or calming earth tones as much better options.
And just because you’ll have a color palette in neutral tones doesn’t mean your bedroom can’t have personality. You can accessorize with pops of color and choose creative designs to create a harmonious and entirely unique aesthetic all your own.
9. An Uncomfortable Bed
This suggestion is by far the most important. We would go as far as to say that it is impossible to have a good, truly rejuvenating night’s sleep in an uncomfortable bed. Whether the bed is too small or if the mattress isn’t right for you, then don’t be afraid to spend the money to replace it all if it means you’ll have the best sleep possible.
Your bed is an investment in your sleep, one of the most vital aspects of keeping good mental and physical health.
10. Uncomfortable Bed Linen
When we talk about the bed being comfortable It’s not just the bed, but also the bed linen that has a huge role in the quality of our sleep.
When was the last time you invested in new sheets or a new pillow? We recommended purchasing new bedding every 2 years. You replace toothbrush heads, sponges, razors and other items revolving around cleanliness, so why not your sheets?
The bedding we choose deeply affects our sleep and our ability to stay comfortable during the night. High-quality bedding helps you to sleep better at night to ensure that you awaken feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to face the day ahead with breathable, soft fabric that lulls you into a deep sleep.
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