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7 Ways To Make Your Bedroom The Most Comfortable Place On Earth

Blue accents, lavender, and softer lightbulbs.

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This week at Goodful, we're talking sleep — why it matters, how to get more, and ways to make it better. You can find more Slumber Party posts here.

1. Decorate your bedroom with as much blue as possible.

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Whether it's the paint on the walls or the sheets on your bed, find a way to incorporate blue into the color scheme of your room. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the color blue can reduce blood pressure and lower your heart rate, which can help you get some shut-eye.

2. And choose bulbs with a low wattage for your ceiling lights and reading lamps.

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Check the wattage on your lightbulbs. Are they under 60? If not, you should definitely switch them out. Too much bright light can mess with melatonin secretion, which lets your body know it's time for sleep, so you want to make sure your bedroom (and bathroom!) light is turned down to a low glow before bedtime. You can also buy lightbulbs that help to filter out harmful blue light, which is emitted from phones, TVs, and computer screens.

Get one from Amazon for $15.99.

3. Keep your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees to help your body stay cool while you sleep.

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Your body temperature naturally decreases before sleep, so it's important to be in an environment that supports that function.

4. Incorporate soothing scents of lavender, jasmine, or rose.

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Pump jasmine out of your essential oil diffuser, light rose-scented candles, or stuff a lavender sachet in your pillowcase. Besides being incredibly pleasant, all three flowers have properties that can help your body relax.

5. And use a humidifier or dehumidifier to get your room to an even 50% humidity.

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Too much humidity can leave you hot and sweaty, and cause mold growth, but too little can dry out your throat and nasal passages, which can make it just as hard to sleep.

Get a humidity monitor from Amazon for $11.99.

6. Improve the air quality in your bedroom by decorating with detoxifying houseplants.

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Some houseplants can actually help maintain humidity and purify air. For example, snake plants can eliminate toxins, while aloe plants can actually warn you if your air has any harmful chemicals in it. If your aloe leaves start to get brown spots, your air may be high in pollutants. Learn more

7. And choose sheets that are made from natural fibers and have a relatively low thread count, so you aren't sweating in your sleep.

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If you're looking to optimize your sleep, you want your sheets to have a 200–400 thread count. The lower the thread count, the more breathable the sheets become, so if you're a sweaty sleeper opt for sheets closer to 200. Natural materials like cotton, bamboo, and linen are your best bet as they wick away sweat.

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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