The ambiance in your bedroom has a large impact on your sleep quality. If you want to know how to improve the ambiance of your bedroom, this guide is for you.
What does bedroom ambiance have to do with sleeping? As it turns out, more than you think. To sum up, there are four things that can influence your sleep quality:
The brighter the room, the more alert you are likely to be. Darkness increases sleepiness—this is called “dark therapy.” To get maximum dark therapy, make sure all lights are switched off before going to bed. Some small LED clocks might be overlooked by most people, but these can actually have a rather disturbing influence on the bedroom ambiance.
Earplugs can be beneficial if you are a light sleeper and your partner snores. Earplugs are suitable for blocking out any small sounds so that you can sleep undisturbed. If earplugs are not your cup of tea, try listening to some calming music before going to sleep.
Temperature and Air Quality
For most people, a comfortable bedroom temperature is somewhere between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius (64 to 75 Fahrenheit). Each person has their own preferences, but remember that if you sleep with closed windows in winter, temperatures might not be as high as you want them to be. The same can be true in a centrally heated room. Many people these days use bed fans under their sheets to sleep more comfortably.
Air quality in the bedroom is also important for sleep quality. If you suffer from allergies, consider changing your duvet or adding another one.
A pleasant smell can trigger positive emotions and increase your chances of falling asleep fast. There are many ways to get a well-scented bedroom: get some scented pillows, use a linen spray, or put up some aromatic candles. If your bedroom smells stale, open the windows for an hour before going to sleep—you will give your room a chance to breathe, and you will have better quality sleep as a result.
If you are not sure how your bedroom looks now, take 20 minutes to go through the following list.
There’s a difference between “ambiance” and “atmosphere.” The first is when you’re trying to make your place aesthetically pleasing, while the latter is when you want it to feel nice. Don’t use “ambiance” unless that’s what you mean.
How to Improve the Atmosphere in Your Bedroom
You can create the atmosphere you want. But there are lots of ways to go about it, and here are some of them:
1) Keep your things organized and tidy. Cluttered rooms feel less clean even if all the mess is out of sight. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to feel it every time you walk in.
2) Keep your bed and everything else around it as neat as possible. We all love to sprawl out sometimes, but that shouldn’t happen if we’re trying to build a pleasant atmosphere for ourselves or our company.
3) You can just turn the lights down a bit. This might be enough to bring up the atmosphere a little, but it won’t look as nice as if you try to create your room’s ambiance.
4) If the weather permits, open a window and let some fresh air in. Or at least keep door(s) to outside open for ventilation (and light, if outside is dark).
5) It’s okay to play some music. Just make it something relaxing or even soothing (no raves or death metal allowed here), and something you like. That way, your focus can be more on the sound than what you’re listening to, thus creating an environment more conducive to sleep.
6) You can use essential oils or incense to make your place smell nice. Some people have been using lavender for a while, but there are many options out there.
7) Just keeping the lights low and off, in general, will do a great deal for pushing back the atmosphere in a room without changing anything. It’s just that much easier to feel clean and refreshed in a lit-up room, so less light means calmer.
8) If you have any pets, keep them well-groomed. They probably don’t do it to look pretty for you, but they still do, and it’ll translate into your being able to pet them without wanting to die of the filth.
9) If you have any plants, take care of them. Plants can help absorb carbon dioxide and other bad stuff in the air while also adding to the look of your room (with the bonus that they don’t need much work).
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It’s where you sleep, relax, and recharge yourself to do it all over again. Make sure you’re able to enjoy this space.