When you think about setting up your bedroom, you're probably thinking about it from a design perspective. You want it to reflect your personal taste. While achieving your specific aesthetic is important, it's also worth noting that how you decorate your bedroom can also affect your health. Just think about it: The bedroom is where you get your sleep, where you relax and unwind, and where you start your day. When your bedroom is set up for success, with all of the creature comforts that can help you, you're setting yourself up for success every day, too.
There are plenty of wellness products out there that can help you achieve a healthier bedroom, from lighting to aromatherapy tech to bedding that can help you drift off to dreamland. Take a look at some of our picks below, and get ready to redecorate.
Great lighting can set the mood in your bedroom. You'll need a good table lamp for bedside reading, or late-night chats with your partner. But there are also some high-tech lighting options out there now that will help you wake up easier, combat seasonal affective disorder, and actually help you sleep better.
The Phillips alarm clock does double duty because it acts as a traditional clock, but it also is equipped with a lamp that provides light therapy and simulates the sunrise, so you can wake up more peacefully. Another plus? You won't have to rely on your phone as an alarm, which means you can block out blue light or other temptations (like Instagram and emails) that prevent you from getting better sleep.
Another option is this Glow Light from Casper (yes, the mattress brand). It's self-dimming, which can lull you to sleep, and it gives out a warm, well, glow, so that if you need to get up in the middle of the night, it won't be so jarring to turn on the light. It's also controlled by an app and charges wirelessly, because we are living in the future.
If you're prone to seasonal affective disorder, you might want to keep a light therapy box in your bedroom. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions."
You might not be getting restful sleep because you aren't exactly comfortable in your bed. If you don't remember the last time you bought brand-new sheets, or if your comforter is looking a little threadbare, it wouldn't hurt to invest in new bedding.
It's recommended that you get new pillows every one to two years. Older pillows won't be as firm and give you the support you need when you're sleeping, which might lead to neck pain. Not to mention, your pillow can be a source of dust mites if you don't clean it.