My relationship with the bedroom and sleep in general tends to be very passionate and smooth – my ideal sleep duration is between 6 to 8 hours depending on the things that keep me up at night and how I started my bedtime routine. Truth be told, this wasn’t always the case – as all good habits start, I came across a book by Arianna Huffington titled Thrive which explained how she indeed *thrives* at her business and the methods she uses, as much on her as on her employees. It was summer 2015 and I was transfixed – nap rooms if you’re feeling tired? Turning off your email on weekends? Is this how companies were succeeding nowadays?
Fast forward two years later and I found myself ordering The Sleep Revolution, again by Huffington herself. Thrive had already been a literal page turner, but the latter with a sole focus on the importance of sleep and how it can change everything from your productivity to your state of happiness. To say I was determined to fix my sleep cycle by going to bed earlier was just the beginning, as I made it an absolute priority to also transform my bedroom in the sleep sanctuary I would feel most comfortable and satisfied in. That meant no TV in the bedroom to start, and generally getting ready for bed at an earlier stage of the evening. Gone were the days of lounging on the sofa while watching episode after episode of the current Netflix show I happen to be binging on.
Hello turning of the TV after falling asleep for the second time, and making a cup of tea to get ready for bedtime! Though I’ll take a break here because I feel like a parenthesis is much needed: the above and wait for it, below description of how to create a welcoming and sleep inducing atmosphere in your bedroom isn’t something that happens 7 days a week. It’s still a goal I like to complete every week, but we all know all too well those jam-packed weeks when it feels like you’re eating out every single lunch and dinner, and guzzling down more glasses of wine that are allowed in your current diet!
But – when things do go according to plan, boy does it feel good and like a mission you just successfully completed. How to go about this whole bedtime routine thing for better sleep? All it takes is to follow a few simple steps and you’ll soon be enjoying a full night’s sleep and waking up with the natural morning light. To start, try to get in the mood for going to bed approximately 45 min before your ideal sleep time. Set an alarm if needed and turn on a relaxing podcast you can listen to while getting ready. Next up, clean up your bedroom and sort through the clutter you accumulated during the day. If you’re a pro, we encourage you to prepare your next day’s outfit so you’ve got one less thing to think about once you wake up. By now you’re probably still very much awake so why not head to the bathroom and get rid of the city dirt and get into a silky pair of pyjamas. Before getting into bed, go make that cup of tea that will soothe you to sleep and then tuck yourself in. If you’re sticking to schedule and not scrolling mindlessly through social media, you will have about a half hour to spare before your designed bedtime. Now that you’re finally in the one piece of furniture you spend the most time in, except for your office desk chair, let’s get comfortable!
Turn to your bedside table and check up on its situation – have you got all your favorite eye creams and books at hand’s reach? After conducting a few short interviews with friends, family and our readers, we managed to settle on 10 essentials we like to think as sheer must-haves to keep on your bedside table, come day or night.
1. A HUMIDIFIER WITH OR WITHOUT ADDED ESSENTIAL OILS
2. A PITCHER OF WATER INFUSED WITH A FEW SLICES OF CUCUMBER
3. BEAUTY MUSTS: HAND & EYE CREAM AND LIP BALM
4. A BUNCH OF BOOKS YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING
5. HEADPHONES TO TAKE AN UNEXPECTED MORNING WORK CALL
6. A FRAME OR TWO WITH FAMILY PHOTOS
7. AN EYE MASK SHOULD YOU NOT BE BLESSED WITH BLACK-OUT BLINDS
8. A RING DISH OR SMALL PIECE OF PORCELAIN SUCH AS A MINI VASE
9. A READING LAMP WITH DIMMABLE LIGHT
10. A NOTEBOOK (FOR THOSE THOUGHT THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT)
Keeping your bedroom organized is just as important as your closet and kitchen. We make sure to always keep these 10 essentials on our nightstand for a quick grab!
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