The Zen of Sleep

Posted on May 12, 2014

the zen of sleep

De-clutter, unplug, turn your bedroom into a sanctuary and - finally! - get a good night sleep.

You’ve just spent another restless night tossing and turning. Maybe you’re stressed, or it might just be that your bedroom is cluttered with so many stimuli that a good night’s sleep is next to impossible. You’re not alone. Nearly one-third of all Americans (40 million) are sleep-deprived and get less than six hours of sleep each night, according to a recent report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what are some steps one might take to help get a better nights rest. 

The best thing to do if you have trouble sleeping and even if you are a sound sleeper is to consider --- Transform Your Bedroom—a place where you spend one-third of your life—into a sanctuary. Keep the temperature cool (between 65 and 68 degrees), and the room dark and quiet (use a white noise machine if necessary). “Your bedroom should be reserved for sleep, sex and nothing else,” says Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute, in Joplin, Missouri.


Resist the urge to get on the computer and or Facebook. The same goes for TV watching or checking out your email—all of these activities should come to a halt about half an hour or so before bed, Oexman says. “The blue light emitted from these electronics impacts your body’s production of melatonin, which you need to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.”

Once you’ve cleared the clutter and kept technology to a minimum, it’s time to think about décor. “Creating a bedroom that is neat, well ordered and yet comfortable can bring a calming influence into the sleeping area,” says Clay Phipps, owner, Haiku Designs ( “By choosing a few choice furniture pieces that complement each other to create a sense of balance in the bedroom, it is actually possible to get a better night’s sleep.”

The goal for your bedroom: to make it as positive and uplifting place as possible.  One great suggestion is to think about the artwork and pictures that fill your bedroom walls.  It is important that they convey the symbols of peace, harmony, rest and romance. Creating a bedroom in soft muted colors, and beautiful artwork are great steps into transforming your bedroom into space of rest and relaxation.

If not, it’s time to redecorate, clean up the piles of dirty laundry and sweep aside the dust balls in the corner, de-clutter and organize.  The bedroom should be a safe haven and a place for rest, enjoyment and relaxation. 

Here Are Several Top tips for creating the Zen of Sleep.

  • Pick cool, restful colors. Great options include blues, purples, grays, white, and creams, black and green.
  • Select Quality Bedding. Buy organic bedding, in cotton or silk, and the best quality organic mattress that you can afford. Your bedroom should invoke feelings of luxury, spa and comfort.
  • Consider New Furniture for the Bedroom- Selecting new furniture for the bedroom is a great step in transforming your sleep environment.  Perhaps it is time to let go of those mismatched furniture pieces and hand-me-downs. If the budget is limited, start with a bed, and possibly add matching nightstands and dressers later.
  •  Cover windows with drapes. These will help keep your bedroom blissfully dark.

Skip the mirrors and ceiling fans. In feng shui terms mirrors are ‘activators’ of energy and fans are likened to knives and ‘cut energy.’ If you must have a ceiling fan, avoid hanging it over the bed or place a small crystal on it to negate of the fan.

By taking these simple steps one can begin to create an atmosphere of rest, calm, and relaxation. Taking these tips for Creating Harmony in the Bedroom is a great way to help Get a better nights rest. 




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