Your bedroom sanctuary | 9 tips for creating a place to relax and escape
According to the Mental Health Foundation, we are now sleeping 90 minutes less on average than we did under 100 years ago. This is due to factors such as increased work responsibilities and over-stimulation from phones and laptops, which are causing more and more people to suffer from sleep problems. Below, we share 9 tips to help you create a calming and cosy bedroom sanctuary where you can truly relax and escape.
1. Leave technology outside
The biggest tip is to plug phones and laptops in outside your bedroom and leave them there to charge overnight. This makes it easier to avoid using them when you should be winding down into sleep. It also stops you from waking in the night, checking your device, reading something upsetting and then finding it hard to sleep again. Instead of scrolling, try reading a book or doing some journaling or breathing exercises before bed. You’ll be amazed at how much more quickly you slip off to sleep.
2. Treat yourself to luxury bedding
Enveloping yourself in plush, super soft bedding will make you feel comforted and protected at the end of the day, no matter how challenging it’s been. Thick quilts will help keep you cosy on colder nights and linens will help you feel fresh and cool in the summer. A headboard will also help make your bed feel extra special and indulgent.
3. Create a calming colour scheme
Most designers recommend going for calming neutrals in your bedroom, with the odd pop of colour to make it feel warm. Natural materials are also recommended, as these bring nature into your bedroom and will make you feel more relaxed and at peace.
4. Use your nose
Aromatherapy has been proved to be great for reducing stress so treat yourself to some deliciously scented candles.You could even treat yourself to a pillow spray in your favourite scent to really help you unwind.
5. Make a stand
Don’t overlook the humble bedside table. It is an important sidekick to your bed and deserves just as much care and consideration. Having the perfect place to rest your glass of water, your hand cream, a candle and your current read is key to creating an overall feeling of comfort and relaxation. Make life easier for yourself by having a beautiful place to put your items.
6. Think about lighting
Good lighting is essential for creating an ambience that will make you feel relaxed at the end of a busy day and also energise you to get ready for work on a cold wintery morning. The way your home is lit greatly influences your sense of wellbeing and is particularly important to focus on when sunlight is scarcer. Avoid unnatural feeling lights and choose soft shades and dimmable options.
7. Find a rug that feels like a hug
Have you ever hugged a rug with your feet? The right rug can give you a tiny foot massage before stepping into bed. Look for a thick shag pile rug or soft sheepskin for best results.
8. Sit down
Having a place to sit down and remove your socks and shoes makes life a little easier. Whether it be a small side chair or a bench at the foot of your bed, try to make room for secondary seating.
9. Organise and minimise
The key to a peaceful bedroom is good organisation and very little clutter. Make sure your drawers are organised and see how much of a difference it makes to your state of mind. Rid yourself of anything unnecessary that is weighing you down.