Considering the often frenetic pace of modern life, it’s little wonder increasing numbers of strung out individuals are suffering from stress related illnesses – and a depressing dearth of shut eye only serves to compound the issue.
When we’re tired, we’re impatient and easily agitated, which, aside from making us a nightmare to live with, intensifies our stress levels. To alleviate these symptoms and prevent an important blood vessel popping in our neck, it’s vital to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Easier said than done, right? Wrong.
By transforming your bedroom into a luxurious haven, you can make it one of the most relaxing areas of your home, helping you to relieve and forget the strains of everyday life, ensuring your batteries are fully recharged for the following day.
But how? By following our top tips below …
Sweetness and Light
Investing in several light sources for your bedroom allows you to play around with varying intensities based on your mood. After all, if you’re suffering from a stress induced migraine, the last thing you want is to feel like you’re sleeping in a dental surgery. On the flip side, it’s unlikely you’ll have much success reading a book to help you unwind if your bedroom is dark enough to grow mushrooms.
When you’re trying to relax and nod off, the last thing you want is to feel like your bed sheets have been pinched from the nearest prison – so splash the cash to buy bedding with the highest thread count. In addition, it’s a good idea to purchase a touch of comfort for your feet with a floor mat designed to cushion your tootsies AND make the room look great.
Use Calming Colours
The colours you choose for your sanctuary are crucial, as attempting to relax in an oppressively black or shrieking red room is likely to exacerbate the problem. Instead, use calming colours such as green, brown and blue. In fact, surveys have shown that blue bedrooms inspire the best rest, and the colour is linked to calm, soothing feelings.
Our sense of smell can identify thousands of aromas and is around 10,000 times more precise than our sense of taste – and some smells can even help lower stress levels and improve your mental and physical performance. Indeed, studies have revealed that the smell of orange and lavender can help you feel less anxious and more positive.
Scientists have found that music has been shown to reduce stress and have a positive effect on health. Whether it’s a soothing piece of classic music, whale noises or a CD of white noise, it’s important to create a relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom to help you chill out or drift off into a peaceful night’s slumber.