Between the Sheets


If you already have the perfect mattress, but you're still looking for ways to improve your bed and bedtime experience, try these five easy tips.

Get some new bedding

One thing we love about hotels is the bedding. The sheets are always clean, the mattress and pillows always soft, and the comforter light and warm. Start with some new sheets; natural fiber such as cotton or linen are breathable and last a long time. Next, get some new pillows. Memory foam or down-alternative pillows are great for any type of sleeper. You might invest in a new mattress. 

Invest in an air purifier

If you can’t breathe well, you won’t sleep well. Mold, pet dander, seasonal allergies and other impurities can disrupt your sleep, even if you’re not aware. An air purifier filters out these irritants to de-stress your body and improve your sleep. If you wake up in the morning with a sore throat or your sinuses feeling like a desert, consider a purifier/humidifier combo. The extra moisture will make a huge difference.

Fill your bedside table with items that delight your senses

A lamp with soft, warm light is great for reading and won’t keep you up at night. A plant or two such as jasmine, lavender or aloe vera will help clean the air in your room and smell nice as well. If you’re not a plant person, try some room spray, potpourri or a reed diffuser in a relaxing scent. Something that plays soothing music or audiobooks will also help you wind down.

Set up a mini nighttime ritual

Keep some items to pamper yourself in your nightstand drawer. Hand lotion, nail clippers, emery boards and cuticle nippers are great for a quick, comforting bedtime routine. While you listen to your music or audiobook, take care of your hands and feet. They’ll feel soft and pretty in the morning.

Declutter your room and closet

Whether you notice it or not, clutter around your house can take a toll on your mental health. Excess “stuff” can overload your senses, make you feel anxious, and make things difficult to find. If you declutter only one room, make it your bedroom. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in your bedroom retreat. This includes extra furniture, clothes, even knicknacks on your nightstand or dresser. If it doesn’t relax you or make you happy, get rid of it or put it somewhere else. Your bedroom’s new minimalist vibe will help you fall asleep at bedtime.

Want more ideas?

Create a relaxing bedroom (Better Homes & Gardens)

5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Relaxing (Reader’s Digest)

10 Things to Make a Room More Relaxing (SFGate)

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