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    13 Little Bedroom Hacks That Will Actually Help You Get More Sleep

    Keep the temperature between 65 and 67 degrees to tell your body it's time for bed.

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    Sleeping is great but getting to sleep can be a total nightmare, especially if your bedroom isn't exactly that cozy.

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    Thankfully, there are a few really easy ways to make your room more conducive to sleep:

    1. Spray some lavender on your bedding, because it seriously relaxes your brain and body.

    The smell of lavender actually lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and increases the brain activity associated with sleep.

    To make a simple lavender spray, combine two cups of water, two cups of vodka, and 15-20 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle.

    2. Set your thermostat somewhere between 65 and 67 degrees to help you truly ~chill out~.


    The National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping your room around 65 degrees. Most of us sleep better in cool environments, as warmer temperatures can leave us restless through the night.

    3. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible with a set of highly rated black-out curtains.

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    Any kind of light before bedtime can suppress melatonin (aka the hormone that controls your sleep cycle) production. So turn off the TV, put on your eye mask, and close the blinds.

    These curtains really do the trick. Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 16 colors, three lengths).

    4. Decorate with all things blue to keep yourself calm in the bedroom.

    5. Make your bed with two duvets instead of one if your S.O. is constantly stealing the covers.

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    While cuddling, sex, and conversation are all great ways to de-stress and bond with your partner, sharing a bed with someone who turns a lot during the night or steals covers is really bad for your sleep. With two separate duvets, you can both stay cozy and keep your own sleep routines without resorting to separate beds.

    6. Wash your pillows and sheets regularly, because your allergies may be what's keeping you awake at night.

    If you regularly get the sniffles, you may want to double-think your laundry routine because studies show that severe allergies can seriously impact your sleep. Choose a hypoallergenic laundry detergent and wash your bedding frequently.

    7. Keep your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you can't hit snooze.

    8. And choose an alarm tone that wakes you up slowly rather than that terrible siren ring you've been using.


    Being woken up abruptly is an awful feeling and has been proven to actually be pretty terrible for you. If you hate the sound of any alarm tone, try a sunrise alarm clock, which wakes you up with light rather than noise.

    9. Turn on a humidifier to breathe easier during the winter and a dehumidifier to cool down the air during summer.

    Too much humidity will make you sweat and can create mold that irritates allergies, but too little humidity can totally dry out your nasal passages.

    Get this humidifier from Amazon for $39.99 or this dehumidifier for $49.99.

    10. Kick your computer and phone out of the bedroom, because they're probably making you sleep worse.

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    Studies have proven that blue light (the kind that comes out of your devices) can boost alertness and suppress melatonin production — basically the complete opposite of what you want to happen at bedtime.

    11. And invest in a pretty Himalayan salt lamp.

    While blue light is terrible for sleep, red light is actually great. The soft warm glow of a salt lamp is bright enough to see the page of your book, but dark enough that it won't disturb you if you fall asleep with it on.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34 (available in two colors).

    12. Listen to pink noise to help your brain slow the hell down.

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    Pink noise has a lower frequency and softer sound than white noise. The sound of heavy rain, the ocean, and a fan are all pink noise, so it's probably not surprising that it may improve sleep quality. That said, the fact that listening to it at night may increase your memory is probably a new fun fact for you!

    Try this colored noise generator and experiment with what levels are most pleasant for you. Alternatively, you can get a white noise machine from Amazon for $49.95 and use the fan setting.

    13. And bring a weighted blanket to bed to help calm your anxiety.

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    A 2015 study proved that the use of weighted blankets resulted in longer periods of sleep when used by insomniacs, leaving participants feeling rested and calm in the morning. The dream!

    Get it from Amazon for $76.50.

    Now, go have sweet dreams!


    By the way, if you've been having trouble sleeping and it's not going away, it's definitely worth checking with your doctor. Many things can cause insomnia, from stress to certain disorders, and your doctor will best be able to help you figure out what's going on so you can get the sleep you need. In the meantime, you can always read more about insomnia here.

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