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 children's consistent sleeping patterns. 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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