8 Ways to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sleep Sanctuary

If CES 2018 taught us anything, it's that sleep is in. There was even a whole section dedicated to the topic. This focus isn't surprising — the US is in the middle of a chronic sleep deprivation crisis, with over a third of Americans getting less than seven hours of sleep. This is concerning because sleep is vital for health and normal functioning. Sleep has also been shown to help us "restore, repair, and consolidate memories," as well as support fitness and weight-loss goals.

Unfortunately, part of the reason that we're more sleep-deprived could be that we are more connected than ever before. Evidence shows that the blue light emitted from personal tech devices wreaks havoc on our sleep because of its suppression of our body's natural melatonin production. Enter the concept of a sleep sanctuary — the idea of ensuring that you have a space that is dedicated entirely to sleep. And yes, that means no more eating in bed.

Here are eight easy tips to turn your bedroom into a relaxing sleep sanctuary today.

01
Buy a New, Supportive Pillow
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Buy a New, Supportive Pillow

The right pillow can make or break your quality of sleep. While soft pillows are nice, firm pillows do a great job at supporting your neck and spine. Memory foam pillows are a good option for those who enjoy the experience of sinking into their pillows while still getting the right support.

02
Move Any Electronics to Your Living Room
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Move Any Electronics to Your Living Room

It's tempting to have a television in your bedroom — who doesn't want to snuggle under the covers and binge-watch the latest Netflix original? Sorry to break it to you, but it's time to divorce any electronics from your bedroom and move them to a better suited room, such as the living room. Your bedroom is exclusively for sleep and sex.

03
Level Up Your Mattress
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Level Up Your Mattress

Waking up consistently sore and achy? Because you're turning your bedroom into a minimalist place of sanctuary, you should shell out some cash on a new mattress. There are so many different options available, which means there's no reason you can't have the sleep of your dreams.

04
Get a Sleeping Mask
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Get a Sleeping Mask

A sleeping mask is a simple, effective, and inexpensive tool that completes a sleep sanctuary. When you wear a sleeping mask, you're blocking any light that might trigger your brain into producing more of the sleep hormone melatonin.

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Purchase Blackout Curtains
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Purchase Blackout Curtains

If a sleeping mask isn't your thing, give blackout curtains a try. Getting new curtains can dramatically change the feel of a room, and they're the perfect addition for your sleep sanctuary. A dark environment is essential for high-quality sleep, and blackout curtains ensure that you won't get disturbed by streetlights or passing cars.

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Declutter and Get Organized
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Declutter and Get Organized

If you've been meaning to clean up your bedroom, here's the proof you need to get started right now. A study found that those at high risk for developing a hoarding disorder — people who sleep in cluttered, disorganized bedrooms — often have poor sleep quality. Use these tips to get your bedroom in order.

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Put Your Planner on Your Bedside Table
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Put Your Planner on Your Bedside Table

While less is more when it comes to your sleep sanctuary, new research from Baylor University shows that writing your to-do list for the next day before bed can actually help you sleep faster. Here are some options to help you pick out your perfect planner.