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Of all the rooms in my home, my bedroom is really the only room in the house that is all mine, and it’s without a doubt, the place I spend the most amount of time in. Most nights I prefer to watch TV in bed for an hour or so before the lights go out, instead of sitting in the living room. I’m also not one of those people who like to hang out on the sofa when I’m sick, I prefer to hide out in my little corner of the house. Currently, I don’t have an office, so I write most of my blog posts sitting on my bed, away from the business of the rest of our home.
So when we moved house at the end of last year, I decided it was finally time to get around to making my bedroom the haven I had always dreamt of. Right now, I would say, it’s about half way there. I’ve purchased most of the major things, and now I’m just procrastinating on decor.
Creating a haven in your bedroom is not all about looks though. I believe its also about comfort and well-being. I mean, what’s the point in have a pretty room, if you can’t actually relax. So that’s where I have started in my room.
REST YOUR HEAD
It’s important to rest your head on a pillow that’s supportive for your neck. At least that’s what my osteopath tells me. These days there are literally dozens of supportive pillows to choose from. I personally prefer allergy free, “backsleeper” pillows. The difference a good pillow makes to your neck is amazing.
INVEST IN A GREAT MATTRESS
I know that a good mattress can be expensive, because I just went and bought one. I do promise it is so worth the money that you will invest. Having some spine injuries from past car accidents myself, all I can say is that the mattress you purchase will make a huge impact on the health of your spine. It will also affect the quality of sleep you get every night. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep on a mattress that is so uncomfortable you just toss and turn all night. Been there, done that, not keen to repeat that mistake.
I bet you thought sleep sounds were only for babies right? Well think again. This little insomniac (yes that’s me) has been using a sleep sounds machine for a few months now. I have to admit that I’m kind of obsessed with it. I bought a machine that came with interchangeable cartridges so I had a whole bunch of sounds to choose from, but the one that seems to send me right off to sleep is the sound of water trickling down a stream.
I don’t just use for it for sleep though. When I’m hanging out in my room getting some work done, I like to switch it over to one of the other sounds (mostly thunderstorm). I find it helps me to unwind and keep my stress level down, which is always a good thing.
BLOCK OUT CURTAINS
You may not be a “curtain person”. Recently someone told me that curtains are so old fashioned. I totally disagree. I feel like curtains dress up a room and make it feel completed, but they also have other benefits. I have block out curtains on the window in my bedroom to block out the morning sun, and to also shield my eyes from the street lights at night. As a bonus, curtains also help to keep the cold out in Winter, and the heat out in Summer.
GET YOURSELF SOME SOFT LIGHTING
When our home was in it’s planning stages, I requested dimmers on some of the lights through the house. One of the rooms that I had them installed was my bedroom. I suffer from migraines, and I needed to ensure that I could turn our home into a dark little cave when I need to. But perhaps you don’t get migraines, and you can’t have a dimmer installed.
There’s always the option to buy warm, low wattage light bulbs installed into a lamp by your bedside. I always find lamps don’t throw out as much light, and you have the added convenience of not having to get out of bed to turn them off when you are ready to hit the hay.
Hopefully this will help you to get started on your own bedroom haven. Half-way through writing this post I decided to make it into a series, because there is definitely more I can share with you. I’ll be sharing the second part of this series with you next week, so stay tuned!