If you're having trouble sleeping, you might want to consider giving your room a little makeover. A few simple tweaks can mean the difference between eight glorious hours of uninterrupted slumber—and yet another restless night of tossing and turning. (Plus, you now have a solid excuse to buy that cozy throw you've been eyeing.)
Paint Your Walls
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, muted shades of blue have the most calming effect on your mind and mood—helping you wind down at night. Not feeling the blues? A cool neutral like gray or silver works, too.
Dim Your Lights
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Add a dimmer switch to your ceiling fixtures—or get a small lamp for your bedside table. Even a few scattered candles in soothing scents, like lavender or vanilla, can help set the stage for better slumber, too. (Just make sure to blow them out the minute you start to feel drowsy.) The main point: Standard overhead lighting is far too harsh for wind-down time.
Get Some Shades
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Fact: The darker the space, the better you'll sleep. Invest in some blackout shades, which basically turn your room into a cave so you no longer wake up to those early-morning rays. One week with these babies and you'll see why they're worth it.
Switch Your Sheets
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Turns out, thread count is less important than fabric. Skip sheets that are made with synthetic materials like polyester or nylon blends (which trap body heat) and go for something that's more breathable and soft, like 100 percent cotton instead.
Add a Throw
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Depending on the time of year, that cotton quilt might feel a tad flimsy and that fluffy duvet can be a touch too warm. Instead of running hot and cold all night, add a mid-weight throw so you can better regulate the temp while you sleep.
Swap Your Pillows
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If your pillows have questionable stains and a permanent yellow tinge to them, it's safe to say that they're past their prime. Hygienic reasons aside, you should replace any lumpy, misshapen ones every year or two to ensure that you're getting proper neck support.
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