If you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep — and, let’s be honest, who isn’t? — one of the best ways is to reorganize your bedroom and bedtime routine.
Research shows a good night’s sleep provides countless health benefits. However, we often fail to recognize the importance of the environment in which we sleep. Everything from the mattress we use to the clutter in the corner of the bedroom can impact our sleep quality.
However, by making a few simple changes you can fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and reap the benefits of better slumber. Let’s explore how to organize your bedroom to improve your nightly rest.
How to Organize Your Bedroom for Better Sleep
Although we love our multi-functional spaces, when it comes to getting better sleep, it’s critical to prioritize your bedroom’s main function: sleeping.
Here are several tips to reorganize your bedroom and develop a new nighttime routine:
- Tidy up – A cluttered bedroom contributes to trouble sleeping. Do you have piles of clothes taking up space on your bed? Or used coffee mugs and assorted papers on your nightstand? Seeing and being around clutter can raise your anxiety and stress levels too — especially when trying to sleep. Removing these little signs of chaos energy will help ease your anxious mind and allow you to find sleep more easily.
- Keep your room dark – We aren’t nocturnal creatures. We’re biologically inclined to rest at night. And any errant light sources can play games with our brains and throw off our sleep. You want to make your bedroom as dark as possible to ensure you fall and stay asleep. Install blackout shades or curtains to eliminate any rogue light sources trying to sneak in through the windows.
- Banish (or hide) the electronics — Smartphones. Tablets. Laptops. TVs. It has become routine to use one or all these devices even as we wind down for bedtime. But using these devices right before bedtime (or even while lying in bed) can be detrimental to our sleep. Not only does the blue light emitted by these electronics mess with our brains’ ability to sleep, but devices can also keep us anxious and distracted — which makes it more difficult to sleep. Bedtime is about sleep, not checking social media or watching late-night television. Either banish your devices from your bedroom or hide them in a nightstand drawer. You might also consider removing your bedroom TV or hiding it with a cover or in an armoire.
- Clean the air – Eliminating dust and other allergens from the air in your bedroom also can positively impact your sleep. Try placing an air purifier in your bedroom or add a small houseplant or two to help freshen up the air. Also ramp up your vacuum and dusting game to once a week (or more often if you have allergies) to keep surfaces clean, dust-free, and fresh.
- Upgrade your mattress – How old is your mattress? Sleeping on an old mattress can contribute to less-than-stellar sleep. Find a new mattress that is comfortable and provides the right amount of support you need when you sleep.
- Prioritize comfortable bedding – With sheets and bed linens, anything too scratchy, stiff, or just plain uncomfortable will do nothing but lead to miserable sleep. When choosing bedding, emphasize personal comfort — like crisp cotton sheets or a cozy cashmere blanket. Also, ensure you have sheets and linens appropriate for the climate you live in and the season.
From Organizing Your Bedroom to Finding Self-Storage
After you reorganize your bedroom, you may find you have extra items like bedding, furniture, or a TV that need to be stored somewhere. If you don’t have extra space in your home, a self-storage unit makes sense to store your excess belongings. Storage West has locations throughout the Southwest. Explore our self-storage facilities.