Sleep is one of the most beautiful experiences in life. It allows us to escape the craziness and recharge for another day. It just feels so good! However, way too many of us aren’t getting the sleep we need, and the effects can be downright scary.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t take pride in making Oscar the Grouch look happy. Why not do something about it?

While there are so many different recommendations out there for a great night sleep, a great place to start is in the bedroom. Often times the bedroom is neglected when it comes to home renovations and it shouldn’t be. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. Putting a little thought into the look and feel of the room can do wonders, so why not give it a shot?  Here are some helpful tips to help create that perfect sleep environment.

Keep it Clean
Your bedroom should make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Start by de-cluttering your room and creating a clean space. Arrange your furniture in a way that is appealing to you, and go with colors that you find soothing. Try to keep TV and electronics out of the room so you learn to associate your bedroom with sleep. Make the bed! Although it may feel like a chore, it’s been proven people who make their bed in the morning were 19% more likely to get better sleep.

Keep it Comfortable
A great mattress is everything. Don’t be afraid to splurge on this particular item. Remember, we spend a third of our lives in bed, which makes it worth the money. This also goes for your sheets and pillows.

Keep it Cool
Throughout the day your body temperature changes, tying into your sleep cycle. Due to these constant changes it’s recommended to keep your room around 65 degrees for a great night sleep.

Keep it quiet
While some noises may not bother you, other noises may interfere with your sleep whether you realize it or not. Ever wake up after 7-8 hours of sleep feeling tired? Noise could be the issue. Try using a white noise machine, fan or air purifier to help keep it quiet. Ear plugs work too.

Keep it dark
Both the light and dark play a huge role in our sleep cycle. Exposure to light simulates the body and mind encouraging wakefulness and alertness. Whereas the darkness sends signals to the body it’s time to rest. Thus it is important to keep light out of the bedroom when it’s time for bed. Black out curtains or a sleep mask should do the trick.