Did you know that out of all the rooms in your house, most of us spend the most time in our bedroom. There's no doubt 2020 has added to these hours! We also know that approximately 1/3 of our life is spent in bed, so with all this time spent in the room of dreams, have you maximised its' environment?
I've spent the last couple months hunting around for the best ways to maximise joy and comfort in my room. Here's what I have for you!
On average 26 years in bed! I want to know that my body is getting the best sleep possible, which will also result in better productivity, uplifted mood and a body that FEELS GOOD! We all know that marshmallow hotel bed feeling, well you can now get that cloud like sensation in your own bed. MicroCloud Bedding have been a game changer for me. I decked out my bed with new pillows and the mattress topper (this is really the cherry on top!) My sleep depth has improved and I cannot even begin to explain the comfort levels, it's like a giant bear hug!
The next thing I did was deck out the bedding in quilts that I love. We are visual creatures, but also need something comfortable and inviting. Some of my favourite bedspreads are from LinenHouse with delicious textures, colours and styling options, it's really easy and affordable create a luscious space with just a few items. See below the gorgeous white bohemian set I used to create a clean and inviting atmosphere. Unfortunately, Dexter seems to do his absolute best to turn the bedspread into a Dalmatian style print with his dirty little paws. But hey, that's fur mum life...
The last thing I did to maximise the VIBE in my room was a pretty cool one! I stole the idea from my housemate of placing LED Hue lights from Philips around my room, including LED strip lights behind the TV and in the skylight alcove. Light waves are actually used for healing purposes and trigger different emotional reactions. (For a more in-depth explanation, click here.) Not to mention, they look bloody epic! The Philips lights all connect to your iPhone or Android device. From there you can set 'moods', with the whole colour spectrum available for you to custom. Then, trigger Siri or Alexa to switch modes on your command! "Alexa, reading mode on!" or "Disco mode on!" Probably one of the most useful tools for me is the 'routines' function. My lights gradually turn on in the morning, 30 minutes before I want to wake. I've found getting up has felt easier and more natural. Thanks Philips ;)
There's a few extra things you can do to maximise sleep time and quality too. Most of us are spending more time on our devices at home right now and while we are in bed. Staring at blue light at night blocks our melatonin production. We need melatonin levels to rise in order to promote sleep in the body. Try to keep up a habit of turning off all screens 30-60 minutes before you sleep. Replace that time with reading, journaling or meditating. I highly recommend using BlueLight glasses. I use mine as soon as the sun starts to drop around 6pm and keep them on most of the night. This can also help with headaches and tension. I know some people who wear them all day long while at the computer. You can also try reducing the brightness on your TV at night and install an automatic blue light blocker on your computer. I use 'f.lux', which dims my screen to an orange hue from 6pm. This is a free download online.
I've covered most of the bodies senses in here, but smell is an important one too. My favourite things for a delicious smelling room are a diffuser from InEssence (this is essential in my opinion.) Not only does it freshen up the air, you can scent it with oils to maximise focus, immunity, breathing, sleep and more. I also love the GlassHouse candles (vanilla caramel is super yummy), as well as an incense burner or palo santo stick to ground the rooms energy.
Interested in the facts? Here's some more for you, taken from dreams.co.uk
The average person spends about 26 years sleeping in their life which equates to 9,490 days or 227,760 hours. Surprisingly, we also spend 7 years trying to get to sleep. That's 33 years or 12,045 days spent in bed! Better make it good...
Sweet dreams ;)