How to Design A Bedroom For Better Sleep

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The importance of sleep is well researched. It touches every aspect of your life, from your physical health to your mental wellbeing to your success and overall happiness. Creating the right atmosphere is key for better sleep. Your bedroom is the most important room in the house, and making sure it’s properly designed will enhance the quality of your life.

 

To get better sleep, consider taking these seven steps:

1. Reclaim its true purpose

TV viewing. Catching up on work. Studying. Exercising. If your bedroom is a major multi-tasking space, it’s having a negative impact on your quality of sleep. Your bedroom should serve a single purpose: R&R. That means you need to remove the television, desk and treadmill.

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2. Get rid of clutter

Clutter overloads your senses and causes you to be stressed out and anxious. Clutter also makes it harder to clean your environment, creating a germ haven that aggravates allergies and asthma. All of this will have a negative impact on your quality of sleep. For better sleep, get rid of anything that doesn’t belong, or store items away in your closet or in under-bed storage.

3. Pay attention to light

The presence of light can alter your natural sleep patterns. Dim the lights one hour before bedtime. If daylight or streetlights shine in your bedroom window when you need to be sleeping, invest in blackout drapes that effectively block the light. This is especially important if you work a non-traditional shift. Remove electronics from your bedroom, which emit blue light that can interrupt sleep. And if you have a digital clock, turn it away from your bed so the light won’t shine in your face while you sleep.

4. Make sure you have the right mattress

Your mattress should be replaced every five to ten years, and sleeping on an old one causes unnecessary back pain and improper support, which will interrupt your sleep. The right mattress provides proper alignment to help eliminate morning aches and pains; provides pressure relief to foster deeper, healthier sleep; and creates a neutral position for your body so you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Choosing the right mattress is a science as well as an art. In just five minutes, the PureSleep system performs over 1,000 calculations to identify the perfect mattress for your body type, body density and preferred sleep position. Using this information, PureSleep Specialists will help you select the mattress that is right for your body and your budget.

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5. Use the right pillow

If your pillow is older than a year, it needs to be replaced. Hair and body oils soak into its fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. While a pillow may seem like a small part of your sleep system, it actually plays a big role in giving you the best sleep possible. The right pillow provides 30% of your sleep benefits by maintaining correct spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your back and spine and promoting good circulation.

PureSleep Specialists will determine the perfect pillow for you by matching it to your body type and mattress. If you’ve never been fitted for a pillow, you’ll be amazed at the results; you’ll toss and turn less, and experience a deeper, more restorative sleep.

6. Choose calming colors

Color psychologists say the paint you choose can impact your emotions. You want to create a restful mood with your bedroom design and that can mean choosing soothing shades. Blue is known to be very calming. Or consider mellow, neutral hues inspired by nature. But be sure to avoid bright colors that can be energizing or busy patterns in wall paint or wallpaper, bed linens and floor coverings.

7. Adjust the thermostat

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature at night with 60 to 67 degrees being optimal, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Also, swap out linens for the right season. In winter, select heavier bedding and swap that out for a light coverlet during the summer.

Garden Tips: Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring

The weather has finally turned and that means not only can you enjoy the outdoors, it’s time to get your yard ready for spring planting and backyard barbecue season. Here are three projects to tackle this weekend:

1. Prune roses

Prune your roses before new growth emerges, to shape the plant and encourage new growth that can produce lots of buds. Here are instructions that will keep you in bloom.

2. Divide perennials

Plants like irises and hostas can spread like wildflower, but they are healthier when they have space. Anything that’s grown to be two to three times its size needs to be dug up and divided. Here’s what you need to know.

3. Get a handle on weeds

Weeds can make all of your hard work in the garden look messy. Pull weeds when they’re small to avoid having them go to seed, creating more weeds. A good layer of mulch will also help. Experts say a two-inch spread will hold moisture and discourage weeds.

Garden Tips: What to Plant and When

 

It’s time to add color and depth to your yard. If you’re headed out to your local nursery, here are plants that are ready to take root:

Trees and shrubs

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a mild and dry spring for Midwest planting, and trees and shrubs love cool conditions. Make sure you give them plenty of water for the first few weeks to keep them healthy and happy.

Annuals

Add quick color with annuals. Plant them in beds or containers on your porch and patio for instant beauty.

Perennials

Perennials are great because they come back year after year, lessening your workload. Here are 12 that do well in the Midwest, according to Midwest Living magazine: Coneflowers, butterfly weed, Lenten rose, Virginia bluebells, hardy geraniums, black-eyed Susans, allium, panicle hydrangeas, sedums, Russian sage, goldenrod, and aromatic aster.

How To Set Your Table For Spring

Spring is filled with reasons to celebrate. From Easter to Passover and Mother’s Day, make it special by setting a table that welcomes friends and family. Here are five tips for creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

 

1. Choose your style

Before you start setting your table, consider your décor and design goals. Do you want your table to effortlessly reflect your design point of view? Or are you creating a special mood to reflect the season? This will help you choose the right pieces.

2. Select your dinnerware

Classic white is always in style and can be easily updated with colorful accessories. Or, mix and match to create a unique setting. If your plates are patterned, pair them with solid colored glasses and cutlery. Popular seasonal motifs include botanicals, flowers, butterflies and birds.

 

3. Consider your centerpiece

Spring is the perfect time to indulge in fresh flowers. Choose colors and shapes that complement your décor. You can also create individual bouquets at each place setting by choosing something small but meaningful. Get creative with containers, using a variety of vases, cups, mason jars or glasses.

4. Add colorful fabric

A spring table should filled with color of the season. Choose a bright tablecloth, runner, napkins or placemats. Or embrace pastels, with colors like pink, yellow, sky blue or mint green. If the fabrics on your table are bright, create balance by using neutral plates. Or if your dinnerware is the star of the show, keep your fabrics muted.

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5. Finally, accessorize

A dining table proves several opportunities to add your special touch. Include candles, napkin rings, place cards and utensils. Be sure to create depth and dimension by taking advantage of pedestals, pillars and trays.

The most important thing is to make your guests feel welcome in the way only you can do. Whatever you choose will reflect your personality and style.

 

How To Transition Your Home Into Spring

Spring is here and that means it’s time to say goodbye to winter. From gathering friends in the back yard to opening the windows to enjoy the breeze, it’s time to ready your home to celebrate the season. Here are some subtle changes you can make that will help you transition your home into spring in style.

Living Spaces

Remove heavy draperies that keep you warm in winter, and replace them with linen or light sheers. You can also update your room with blinds or shades. Also, swap out thick wool rugs for flat weave versions or keep floors bare.

Bathrooms

Change out plush rugs for flat weave versions. Add a plant or a vase with fresh flowers. Then add hand towels in bright spring colors. You can also change your hand soap to one with a light scent.

Dining Room

Swap out heavy drapes for light sheers or consider keeping windows bare. Add greenery to your room. Invest in light colored dinnerware, adding punches of color with accent pieces or even edibles, such as oranges and apples.

Foyer

Freshen up your entryway by removing heavy coats from the closet and putting away boot trays. Hang a festive floral wreath on your front door, and replace tired doormats and throw rugs. If you have a table in your foyer, add a vase filled with greenery or fresh flowers.

Bedrooms

Clean and store heavy linens, and replace with fabric such as cotton or linen, and a light coverlet. Breathable fabrics will help you stay comfortable as temps heat up. Add a vase with flowers to your nightstand, and update spice-scented candles with fragrances such as spring flowers or beach.