It can be hard to switch off from modern life, everyone is so busy all the time we barely have time to pause for breath! Your bedroom should be a haven away from the outside world where you can relax, unwind and most importantly get a good night’s sleep. Read on to find out the 5 things you should never have in your bedroom if you want to relax, sleep and wake up feeling refreshed (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?!)
So many of us are guilty of spending too much time on technology before we go to bed, or while we’re in bed. Hands up if you’ve dropped your phone on your face in bed…that’s what I thought!
The blue light emitted from technology, from phones and tablets to televisions disrupts melatonin production and stops us sleeping. Standby lights on televisions can also be bright, meaning you’re not sleeping in a r5oom conducive to good quality sleep. If you can’t cope without a TV in your bedroom and I fully admit that I can’t, turn it off at the plug before you go to sleep, not only will the room be darker but you’ll save energy. If you do bring your phones and tablets into your bedroom, switch the blue light filter on and try and stop using it an hour before you go to sleep.
2. Piles of clothes
Again, I’m guilty of this one except I call it organised chaos. Bring a stylish laundry hamper into your bedroom for dirty clothes and put clean clothes away as soon as you can to prevent the formation of a “floordrobe.” Seriously though, the more clothes and clutter you have lying around your room, the less relaxing the space becomes and the harder you’ll find it to drift off.
3. Bedside table clutter
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the night to get a drink of water from your bedside table and having to fight through clutter in the dark to find it. An organised and clean bedside table will set a relaxing tone in your bedroom whereas clutter will cause stress and annoyance, not a good combination for a restful nights sleep.
4. Bills and paperwork
We don’t like looking at bills at the best of times so why are they in the bedroom? Keep any paperwork associated with work or life admin in another room so when you go to bed you can put it out of your mind.
Get rid of nightlights or clocks with lit displays. Your brain can misinterpret these lights as sunrise and try to wake you up. If you don’t fancy an unwanted 4am wakeup call, ditch the lights.
Hopefully these 5 tips will help you turn your bedroom into a relaxing haven where you can escape and unwind at the end of the day.