Aside from being your retreat from the world, your bedroom should be set up to optimize your sleep hygiene and help you wake up refreshed and ready for the day. We’ve picked five of our favorite items to help set the right scene for a more restful night.
A set of blackout curtains helps block light from seeping in through the windows and potentially disrupting your sleep. These drapes aren’t always dark and heavy – you can find blackout curtains in bold colors and stylish patterns to match your bedroom décor. Pair them with blinds or shades for the ultimate darkening capability.
Even if you don’t live in an apartment building or on a busy street, a little white noise to drown out any distracting sounds can go a long way in improving your sleep. Fans work double duty by also keeping your sleeping area cool which encourages you to cuddle up and doze off.
You’ll want to tailor your pillow to your preferred sleeping position. For stomach sleepers, look for a soft, flatter pillow. Choose a medium thickness pillow that’s a little more firm for a back sleeper. Stick with a thick, firm pillow for side sleepers. If you tend to move around a lot at night, a medium thickness pillow that’s on the softer side can be adjusted easily depending on sleeping position. An ideal pillow will help keep your neck and spine in alignment to maintain your comfort throughout the night.
It can be hard to rise and shine to a blaring alarm clock, and using your smartphone to wake up is less than ideal – you may not stay screen-free for an hour before bedtime as recommended, or worse – you’ll check emails as soon as you wake up. A wake-up light alarm that simulates the sunrise can help you wake more gently instead of jarring you out of bed. Or look for models with built-in sleep sounds if you need a little extra white noise to drift off to dreamland.