You want your bedroom to be the coziest room in your home — after all, it's where you go to rest and recharge so you can take on the day. But little things, like light pollution from outside, background noises, and even the colors you use to decorate with or how cluttered your room is can impact how restful your sleep is, so it's important that your room isn't just cute and cozy, but also conducive to a good night's sleep. Making these upgrades can help you wind down at the end of a long day and get your best sleep ever. Plus, most of them are pretty easy fixes.
As the (NSF) points out, light coming in to your room from outside (both from sunlight and from light pollution) can impact your quality of sleep, so it's important to keep light out during sleep.
An easy way to make sure your room stays dark while you snooze is to use blackout curtains like these ones from Amazon. They come in more than 20 different colors and seven different sizes, so they're sure to fit just about any room and decor style.
Insulated Blackout Curtains, $29.99, Amazon
Speaking of Alexa, an Amazon Echo can be surprisingly helpful when it comes to getting a better night's sleep, thanks to its ability to play ambient noise all night to block out disruptive background sounds. After all, sleep medicine expert that our brains still process sound while we sleep, and quiet is really important for getting proper rest — white noise helps when you can't eliminate other sounds, as it allows you to cover up those noises with sound that won't keep you awake.
If you don't have a lot of space, no need to invest in a separate white noise machine — just ask Alexa to play ocean sounds (or whatever you prefer) before you drift off.
Echo Dot, $34.99, Amazon
Studies have shown that lavender is great for helping people fall asleep — , it's been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, which can put your body in a more relaxed state perfect for falling asleep.
There are plenty of ways you can incorporate lavender into your sleep routine and your bedroom, like using lavender essential oil with a diffuser. This LED globe diffuser will add a little style to your bedside table, and will help you fill your room with a subtle lavender scent to help you wind down.
LED Essential Oil Diffuser, $65, Urban Outfitters
According to , studies have shown that sleeping in a cluttered or messy room can impact your quality of sleep, too. The good news is, this is a fairly easy fix — you don't have to become a super organized person if that's just not you, but you can invest in stylish storage options that will help you stow things out of sight, out of mind.
For a quick change, try keeping the top of your nightstand as cleared off as possible by popping books and other items in a woven basket like this one.
Mint Storage Basket, $78, Anthropologie
If you take anything away from talks of color psychology, let it be that bold colors in the bedroom are anything but calming. You want colors that are soft and muted, . So, when you're decorating your bedroom, stick to quiet colors and add interest with textures instead.
Between the soft marled fleece and the fringe trim detail, this throw blanket is a great bedroom decor addition — it's muted in color, complements most bedspreads, and adds an extra layer of coziness for curling up under.
Fleece Fringe Trim Throw, $59, Urban Outfitters
, most mattresses have a lifespan of about 8 years, so if you've had yours for much longer than that (or if yours just isn't quite comfortable enough for you), it might be time for an upgrade. You want something that will support you but also feel soft and cozy enough for you, too.
The mattress you buy has so much to do with how you sleep and what you personally prefer, but if you're looking for an affordable option, Amazon users swear by this under-$100 Linenspa mattress that's a hybrid of an innerspring mattress and a memory foam.
Linenspa Hybrid Mattress, $92 & up, Amazon
You might think that making your bed isn't important, but not making your bed can actually impact your sleep. It all goes back to that same idea that a tidy, clutter-free room makes for better sleep.
Now, of course, if you're a chronic bed-making avoider (*raises hand*), there's no magical fix that will make you want to keep your bed neat and tidy. But, maybe, just maybe, if you had bedding with an interesting design you wanted to enjoy (and show off), you'd be more apt to straighten things up in the morning when you wake up. Just a thought.
Botanical Duvet Cover, $59 & up, Urban Outfitters
Temperature is super important to help you fall asleep, both in your bedroom and your body's temperature. You want your room cool — not too hot or too cold, but a nice 65 degrees, . And on top of that, you want to wear pajamas and sleep in bedding that keeps you warm enough to feel cozy but doesn't make you overheat or sweat.
Allswell's all-season duvet insert is a great option for regulating your body temperature year-round — it's made with Hygro Cotton hollow core yarn, which means it's designed to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
All Season Duvet Insert, $115 & up, Allswell
You've probably heard this at least a dozen times before, but it's worth repeating — sing electronic devices like your cell phone or laptop before bed can seriously impact your sleep. The blue light they emit can disrupt your circadian rhythm, the NSF points out. It's best if you can stop using your devices at least an hour before bed, but at the very least, you can prevent your phone from keeping you up by putting it in a different room before you go to bed.
If you use your phone as an alarm clock, get yourself a stylish alarm clock that is loud enough to wake you up and that will look cute on your night stand instead, like this retro red clock.
Retro Alarm Clock, $19, Modcloth