Ways to Design Your Bedtime Frame of Mind
If you’re like me, it can be really difficult to turn of your brain when you head to bed. It seems that I spend so much time trying to solve the world’s problems right when my head hits the pillow. Are you a relaxed individual, or are you someone where keeping your cool is a great challenge? If you’re a person who can be dozing away moments after you hit the sheets, I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m a little jealous. But it’s more important than ever nowadays that we make sure that we are as rested as possible, so we can fight the battles that modern life throws at us. For most of us who struggle to maintain a good mood, tackling our sleep is the best course of action. What are the best ways to do this is to ensure you are entering your day with as rested and relaxed a frame of mind as possible?
Rethink Your Bedroom Style
First things first. Clear out your clutter! It’s really important that the place where you are supposed to be at peace is free of clutter and mess. Your bedroom is your sanctuary so be mindful of what surrounds you. Hang up your clean clothes and put your dirty clothes in the hamper. I used to struggle with this and our bedroom would have clothes everywhere. It took some discipline, but I got in the habit of putting clothes away immediately now it’s second nature.
Paint color can also be a game changer. When it comes to changing your bedroom’s style to create a more relaxing atmosphere, color is your friend. It’s very important for you to paint the walls a soothing color; deep blue is one of the best, as it has been shown to have a positive impact on resting heart rate. Remember, you’re trying to create a sense of calm in your design.
It’s no question that one of the reasons we struggle to wind it all down at night is not being able to put down our electronic devices. I’m so guilty of this! I have my smartphone in my hands as I’m trying to relax. It’s usually on some social media site that’s likely to have things that are going to rile me up. Note to self (and you): PUT DOWN THE PHONE. I find that picking up my e reader is a better choice. Reading is relaxing for me and I find it helps me get to that place where I can peacefully go to sleep.
Change Your Sleeping Style
You may find that you have issues getting to sleep in the night because of distractions, but staying asleep also proves to be a problem because of how you sleep. You may sleep in a position that’s not particularly relaxing, causing you to wake up. One way to remedy this, and I know it can be a difficult thing to change overnight, but changing your mattress could be the key to a better night’s sleep. Memory foam mattresses can help ease you into a better night’s sleep, because you aren’t constantly wiggling around trying to find a comfortable position. You can view more here if you are interested in a memory foam mattress. We chose an adjustable base to go with ours. I use a zero gravity setting every night and it works wonders. The Mean Man leaves his flat and gets a great night’s sleep as well. The mattress makes all the difference. If you’re sleeping on an older mattress, even a mattress a few years old, this can negatively impact your ability to get a restful night’s sleep.
Preparing for Your Day the Night Before
If you wake up stressed about what lies ahead, then the problem may not be in your sleep, but how you prioritize tasks in your life. Take a leaf out of many entrepreneurs’ books, and prepare the night before. Decision fatigue isn’t something that’s exclusive to people that run their own companies. If you’ve got so many things in life that require keeping tabs on, and you feel overwhelmed from time to time, preparing a few simple things the night before may be the key to managing your stress levels. I love having a coffee maker that allows me to program it to automatically start the next morning. Something as simple preparing your food, or even making a to-do list, are things that make your day a little bit easier, especially in the morning, when you’re trying to get your head together. The fewer things you have to conquer in the morning before you head out to start the day, the happier you’ll be.
If you wake up feeling like a grouch, and this is something you find difficult to shake off, it can have an impact on your life, not just your day. So, take advantage of what a good night’s sleep can do for you.