Think of your bedroom. Is it a haven for sleeping? Is it a place to go to find respite from the hecticness of life?
Or are you surrounded by work? Clutter? Mess?
Your bedroom should be used mainly for sleeping.
Here are four tips for the ideal bedroom:
- Make your bedroom a no-electronics zone. No television. No smartphone. The blue light emitted from your smartphone disrupts the release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. At a minimum, don’t allow the use for the hour prior to going to bed.
- Keep your bedroom cool and dark. Turn your alarm clock to face away from you. Better yet, move it across the room. This may help in eliminating the dreaded snooze button.
- Take the office out of your bedroom. The stack of papers to file, bills to pay, receipts to organize, proposals to read. It all can make you anxious. I find it easiest to keep the outside clutter out by not even bringing it into the room. Ever.
- Have space for a few minutes of relaxing wind down time. I have found that I fall asleep quickly if I take a few minutes to read a book or devotion right before I go to bed. Dim your lights, put down your phone and pick up an old-fashioned book. Make this a part of your bedtime calming ritual.
I found a cool resource on using your 5 senses to create the best sleeping environment.
Aside from an occasional pile of clothing, I keep my bedroom fairly clear of clutter and disorganization. I did find a problem with my nightstand. I don’t want to fall asleep or wake up next to a mess.
If you cannot tackle clearing out your bedroom today, just focus on your bedside. It’s probably the last place you look each night and the first place you see each morning. Here are a few simple steps for clearing out your bedside:
Clear everything off your nightstand or bedside table.
Evaluate what is necessary to be at your nightstand. I found this to be the following:
- Wake-Up Light – I have been intrigued by Wake-Up lights, but one never found it’s way into our budget. I found this on sale and had to try it! It’s not the prettiest, but I have been able to get up early with no problems. Does it work? I think so! zadro health solutions natural wake-up alarm
- My devotional Bible (NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible) and the current book (Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn) I’m reading.
- Hand cream – It’s winter and my hands are at their worst. I’m desperate for a recommendation on the best hand lotion…
Add an item or 2 you love. I wouldn’t suggest over-decorating and adding 10 trinkets to your bedside. If you do have an item or 2 that you love, feel free to place it on your nightstand. Just make sure that it has a purpose in being there. A picture you love. A trip souvenir that puts a peaceful smile on your face. A quote or Bible passage that helps you start your day off. I added a candle.
Maybe this item can be a reminder of your Morning Incentive. Your favorite coffee mug, maybe?
I like to have plants in my bedroom as a way to purify the air and beautify the room. Suggestions? NASA compiled a list of the best air filtering houseplants.
Take a look at your bedside table!
This post is from day 12 of my journey to make the most of my mornings by creating an early morning wake-up habit. Read all about it here: How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful, and Productive Morning.