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How to Transform Your Bedroom into a Sanctuary for Sleep

Make no mistake about it: Your sleep environment directly affects the quality of rest you’re getting at night. From blackout-lined window treatments, to soothing window treatment colors and more, here's how to transform your bedroom into a serene sleep sanctuary.

 

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1. Blackout Window Treatments

 

Ask any sleep expert and they’ll say the same: Nothing disrupts sleep faster than light. To ensure your bedroom is as dark and sunlight-free as possible, make sure to install blackout drapes or shades in your windows. Thicker than our 100-percent cotton privacy lining, Barn & Willow’s blackout lining is designed to block out daylight entirely—and can be added to any of their custom-cut drapes or shades. Or, consider Barn & Willow’s Blackout Roller Shades (which are constructed with blackout lining) to shut out unwanted sunlight in your bedroom.

 

2. Soundproof Space

 

Whether you have loud neighbors or live on a busy street, too much noise can keep you awake at night. To score a more soundproof bedroom that will help you fall asleep faster (and stay asleep longer), seal any cracks or gaps in the windows with weathering tape and hang sound-and-light-blocking blackout-lined window treatments to fully insulate the area, and keep unwanted noise and vibrations at bay.

 

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3. Comfy Bedding

 

While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the right bedding for your unique sleeping needs, studies suggest that the more comfortable your mattress and bed sheets are, the faster you’ll fall asleep. To ensure your bed is a plush and comfy sanctuary, always test out different mattresses before investing in one, and invest in bed coverings composed of soft, breathable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, that will keep you snug in bed at night without the risk of overheating.

 

4. Keep it Cool

 

If your bedroom is too hot or humid at night, there’s a good chance it’s having an adverse effect on your sleep performance. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal bedroom temperature for sleeping is 65 degrees Fahrenheit, however anything between the range of 60 to 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit should be suitable for most sleepers. You can also hang blackout-lined drapes or shades in your windows to keep your bedroom nice and cool against the hot summer sun without overworking your AC.

 

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5. Calming Décor Elements

 

For as fun and visually interesting as brightly colored décor elements can be in a bedroom, they can be counterproductive to quality sleep. Instead of bold colors and patterns, considering outfitting your room in soothing neutral or pastel toned décor accents, like Off White Belgian Flax Linen Drapery or Cool Lavender Organic Cotton Roman Shades, so you feel relaxed (and not overly stimulated) when you slip into bed at night.

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