Save your bedroom for sleeping

Save your bedroom for sleeping. Sounds obvious, right? But think about how many things can end up in the bedroom that have nothing to do with sleep: television, computer, books, work papers, pets, exercise equipment, food. Plus there are parents out there who struggle with kids coming into their beds after a nightmare. The bedroom should be a sanctuary for slumber.

  • Clear your bedroom of things that might distract you from a calm, relaxed, sleep-ready state of mind.
  • Keep the door shut so dogs or cats can't hop under the covers with you uninvited.
  • Encourage consistent sleeping patterns with your children. If a child insists on coming into the room repeatedly, it's probably a sign that something's amiss in their routine.
  • Decorate your bedroom with serene accessories, things that calm your eyes and your mind. That could mean the spare-and-bare approach for some people or the cozy-tucked-in look for others. Consider the colour of paint you choose for your bedroom walls. An alarming yellow or orange may still glow bright into the night.

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