So, you’re moving? Congrats! If you’re in a big city, it’s probably not your first, or even third, move and chances are you already have favorite pieces (a picture from your wedding day or that one-of-a-kind accent rug you found on vacation and you couldn’t live without) that instantly turn a new place into your home. All that’s left is to transform your bedroom into a snooze-inducing oasis.
If you’ve already ordered a new mattress, invested in the perfect pillows, and splurged on sheets—great start! But your best sleep doesn’t end with just a comfy bed. That’s where we can help.
Here are our top out-of-the-box (spring) tips to help you get more quality sleep in your new digs:
- Find Your Perfect Temp
Did you know that body temperature plays a big part in proper rest? It’s true! It affects sleep onset, quality, and time spent in different sleep stages. Most experts recommend testing different numbers, but believe between 60 and 67° helps facilitate that elusive REM sleep.
- Create Your Personal Cave
Kill the lights, cancel the noise. Both impact your rest by making it difficult to fall asleep, and by influencing the timing of your internal clock. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that sleep disturbance from noise has both immediate and long-term effects on mental and cardiovascular health.
Not sure how to block it all out? Start with blackout curtains, which should help with the majority of the light, and then add our Dark Dots to cover up pesky LED lights like your TV or internet router. As for sound, drift off with our ambient sounds that alter the soundscape around you for sweet, sound sleep. Inspired by the natural world around us, they help diffuse distracting noises (like your roommates talking or distant traffic) as you fall asleep.
- Add Some Plants
Plants in a bedroom offer out-of-this-world benefits, according to a study by NASA. They’re natural air purifiers, removing toxins from enclosed spaces, plus they produce oxygen. We can all use a little more of that!
- Set The Mood
Add some low lights, choose calm colors for your walls and linens, clear out clutter and try incorporating aromatherapy. Certain scents, like lavender and chamomile, are known for their calming properties, setting the mood for rest. Our perfumed pick? vitruvi’s Essential Oils and Stone Diffuser, which scents your home and looks beautiful doing it.
- Make Your Bed
Your parents were onto something by making you make your bed every morning. The National Sleep Foundation confirmed through a poll that making your bed helps you sleep better at night and promotes a cleaner sleeping space. Ahh…
- Back It Up
Add a bolster to your pillow pile, placing it under your knees at night. This will help improve sleep quality by relieving lower back pressure and helping blood flow, improving circulation.
- Go Offline
Last and certainly not least, put down your phone! Better yet, keep it completely out of your bedroom and turn off all your tech at least one hour before hitting the sheets. Instead of your phone, wind down with a book or practice breathwork. You can invest in a portable speaker to play your favorite sound baths or soothing stories until you drift off to sleep. There are an assortment of products out there with built-in features to help you sleep better. We’re partial to ours, but that’s just us ;-)