Your bedroom should be like your very own enchanted tower from a fairy tale. It should be safe and secure, roomy, comfortable but full of light and fresh air too. It should be your sanctuary from the cares and concerns of the modern hum-drum world. Once you enter it and shut the door behind you, there should be peace and quiet, an island of tranquility.
Your bedroom should welcome you in with open arms. When you retire for the night, you should be able to utterly relax, with the complete certainty that in the morning you’ll wake up rested and energized. If that dream within a dream doesn’t describe your bedroom, it’s time to find some ways to freshen up your home overall and your bedroom in particular.
A No-Cost Make Over
It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to makeover your house. There are many ways to freshen it up without spending so much as a dime. The best way, of course, is to move the furniture around.
If you’re like most people, the furniture in your bedroom is likely still in the same place it was when you first moved in. You probably found a spot for it, put it there and hurried back out to the moving van to bring in the next item. And there it has remained ever since.
That’s fine, but moving the furniture from one place to another will make the whole room feel brand new again. It will instantly change the way you look at it when you come home from work at night. Once again. it will be your sanctuary, your sanctum sanctorum where you hide from the world.
It Needs More
Adding plants, changing the color scheme, and rearranging the furniture are all good ways to remake your bedroom, but sometimes it needs more. Part of the problem with a bedroom can be traced to the most mundane feature of all – the mattress.
Getting up in the morning with a sore back doesn’t have anything to do with the “feel” in the room or way you lay it out. You may need to add a mattress if you have back pain, a new mattress that coddles and comforts your back during the night. If the old one simply doesn’t work anymore, if it’s permanently sagging in the middle, and getting worn around the edges, it’s probably time for a new one.
How You Sleep
How you sleep and what position you sleep in, has as much to do with your back pain as anything else. Sleeping on your stomach forces your spine to curve too much. It also forces your neck to be unnaturally rotated all night long. Both of these can lead to chronic back and neck pain.
Sleeping your side, as many people do, results in a “fetal” sleeping position, with your legs drawn up. You should put a pillow between your legs to keep them separated, and change which side you sleep on, alternating every night.
Sleeping on your back spreads your body weight out more evenly than sleeping on your side but you need to put a pillow beneath your knees to raise them slightly. This helps maintain your spine’s natural curvature.
Like A New Bed
Getting a new mattress can make your bed feel like it is brand new. Sometimes just getting a new firm mattress topper can do the trick too. Whichever option you choose, the new mattress or topper can lend added support to your back, neck, shoulders, and lower extremities.
Splurge a little on yourself with some new, high thread count linen and comforter, and your bed – and by extension, your whole bedroom – will feel like it’s just been delivered from the showroom. In addition to your physical comfort, your emotional well-being will take a decided upturn as well.
When you know you’re getting ready to sleep on a new mattress or topper that feels like you’re floating on a cloud, under new sheets and a fresh smelling comforter, you’ be able to feel your whole body tingle and relax in anticipation of it.
Anticipate the Anticipation
Sometimes, the anticipation alone will brighten your outlook. As you anticipate going home to the safety and cozy comfort of your inner sanctum, your attitude will be noticeably better. As your attitude improves, you’ll become a bright spot in the lives of all those around you at work and home, and people are always drawn to the light.
Color Your Surroundings
The color in your bedroom may just be as important as the fluffy pillow and mattress you lie in. The different shades are sending subconscious signals to your mind, according to reputable psychologists. For example, we perceive red as an edible fruit and green as unripe. According to some studies, adrenaline flow and heart rate increase when one is looking at red. According to the survey then, red is probably not a good idea for where you want to relax.
When it comes to sleep, primary colors are considered conducive than toned-down shades. Additionally, experts recommend a flat finish and not glossy, which makes the room softer. Choose neutral colors because you have better options as you switch your bedroom décor. Blue is taunted as the color that will calm your nerves the best. Even the human eyes have special receptors called ganglion cells to see the welcoming, calming, and soothing shade.
The average person devotes about a third of their lifetime sleeping. Consequently, you should spend all that time in a room that’s inviting and accommodating. You can add some twists to it to show your personality as you read or unwind. There are many paths that you can take to make it to your liking but try to stick to some of the basics covered here. Following the tips won’t cost a fortune to implement as you spruce up your sanctuary, and will probably improve your mental health and productivity in the long run.