It’s never been more important to find ways to switch off, relax and restore.
Whether you’re looking to find ways to unwind after a long day working from home or just want to take your mind off the constant news cycle, creating a restful sleep environment can work wonders for your wellbeing.
Discover our simple tips on how to transform your bedroom into a haven of relaxation.
Add comfort and texture
There’s nothing like throws, pillows and blankets to add cosiness to your bedroom, especially during the colder months. Mixing up textures and adding fluffy materials in natural tones helps to create a restful environment you can’t wait to enter.
Think scatter cushions on the bed, a faux fur throw over a chair and a fluffy rug to wriggle your toes into. We’re feeling calmer just thinking about it!
Top tip: Luxuriously thick and long curtains can help to provide a warm and relaxing feel to larger bedrooms.
Best colours for sleep
Soft, muted tones and natural colours work best when it comes to decorating your bedroom for better sleep.
Green, blue and brown tones that we associate with nature are calming and are easy to style.
Set the scene with lighting
Low-level lighting is essential when creating an environment for sleep. Turn the lights down to a soft glow a few hours before bed and mix it up with table and floor lamps with warm yellow bulbs. Fairy lights above the bed can also be a fun alternative to overhead lighting.
Say goodbye to screens
As tempting as a late-night Netflix binge might be when you’re feeling stressed, the blue lights from our phones, laptops and tablets can have a negative impact on sleep.
Try to avoid screens in the bedroom and make it a space solely for relaxation and sleep. If your working from home and your computer is in the bedroom, try draping it with a light throw to take your mind off work.
Stop scrolling and start soothing with a calming activity at least one hour before lights out.
Reading and listening to music
You’ll need something to replace that boxset with. Whether it’s a good page-turner, a sleep podcast or music playlist, there are plenty of ways to wind down without reaching for the remote.
It can be nice to place a bookshelf in your bedroom to motivate yourself to pick up a book, as well as positioning a speaker on your bedside table for easy access.
Meditation for the mind
More and more of us are turning to meditation for our health and mental wellbeing. Before bed is a great time to get started. Apps like Headspace provide an easy gateway into the world of meditation, allowing you to try it out for a few minutes at a time and watch your worries melt away.
Essential oils such as lavender and ylang ylang are well known for producing sleep-inducing feelings. Inject some soothing scents into your bedroom via a diffuser or candle. You can also buy pillow sprays to encourage relaxation, or bath soaks to relax muscles before bed.
Clear the clutter
We’ve all heard the saying ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ and there’s a reason this is repeated so often. Bedroom clutter can make it difficult to clear your mind at the end of the day and fall asleep soundly.
Taking just a few minutes each morning to fold and put away clothes, make the bed and set things back in their rightful place can help to create a soothing, clutter-free environment.
Top tip: For smaller bedrooms and those short on storage, an Ottoman bed is a great way of hiding away spare linens, clothes and shoes. Out of sight, out of mind!
Make the bed like a luxury hotel
Often, a holiday is what’s needed to feel fully refreshed and restored.
Although you may not be able to leave for a relaxing getaway anytime soon, you can create a five-star hotel experience in your own bedroom. With some quality sheets, attention to detail and artfully placed pillows, you can make your bed look as good as a top hotel!
Write down your thoughts
We’ve all experienced those racing thoughts before bed. If your to-do list feels overwhelming, it sometimes helps to write each task or thought down in a notepad by the bed. This way you can leave your thoughts on paper and come back to them in the morning when you’re feeling refreshed.
Invest in a cushioning memory foam mattress
And finally, a poorly suited bed or ageing mattress isn’t going to do you any favours when it comes to getting a restful night’s sleep. Memory foam is a fantastic material that cushions and moulds to the contours of your body for tailored support. Sink in, relax and drift off on a memory foam mattress.
We hope you’ve found our tips useful. Share your relaxation tips in the comments below — we’d love to hear them!